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Polar Hioht. 

Thou 5erv'5t 

PeH€€, perfect peace, in this dark world 
of sin? 
The blood of Uesus, whispers peace wttbin. 

Peace, perfect peace, by tbronging duties 

to do the will of 3e$us, tbat is rest. 

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging 

round ? 
On Jesus' bosom, not but calm is found. 

Peace, perfect peace, with looed ones far away? 
Tn Jesus' keeping we are safe, and they. 

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown? 
Desus we know, and be is on tbe throne. 

Peace, perfect peace, deatb shadowing us and 

3esus has ^anguished death and all its powers. 

Tt is enough; earth's struggles soon shall 

Hnd Jesus call us to heaven's perfect peace. 

— Bickersteth. 


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The Gospel of Labor, poem, bv Henry Van 
Dyke, D. D ". 1 

Strike Picketing- Unlawful— T/k' Chicago 
Trihiine 1 

Grand Chaplain Should Know Better— 
/. O. O. F. Lodge Record 1 

]\Iultnomah Falls, Oregon, illustration.;.. 2 

"Christian Herald" on Secret Societies.... 2 

Unable to Collect from Woodmen — Omaha 

Bee ..; 2 

Political Freemasonry, by "Ex-Attache" — 

Xezij York Tribune Review 3 

Court Nullifies Power of Obligations. ..... 7 

Claim Woodmen Policies 50 Per Cent. In- 
solvent 7 

Too Much Class System in America— 
Omaha Bee > . 8 

Trail Hitting Below Par. ................ 9 

Disastrous Competition 9 

May Blossoms, illustration . 9 

Viewed With Alarm — I. O. O. F. Expenses lO 

The Equitable Fraternal Union, by Rev. 
• Wm. Dallman 10 

Grand Sign and Grip, Knights of Malta... 15 

Labor Unions and the Christian Reformed 
Church 17 

John Quincy Adams, Letters of . . . 18 

Seceders' Testimonies : 
A Presbyterian Minister's Experience. ... 11 

The Testimony of a Master Mason, by 
Rev. J. M. Wylie 13 

Red Men ; A Seceder's Experience, Rev. 
C. M. Manning 13 

Knights of Malta, by Ernest B. Jennings 15 
The False Religion of the Lodge, by Wm. 

J. Nydam 16 

I Was a Thirty-second Degree Mason.... 17 

Editorial : 

Extrajudicial Oaths : 19 

Comparison Reviewed 19 

False to God on High 20 

Columbia Initiation Plan 20 

The Unequal Yoke Galled. 20 

A Girl's ••[ Notion 21 

Brown University Fraternities. 21 

Book Notices . 21 

News of Our Work : 

Notice of Annual Meeting 22 

Illinois State Conference 22 

Report of Field Agent, Rev. Mead A. 

Kelsey 23 

Appreciation ._ 24 

Eastern Secretary's Report, Rev. W. B. 
Stoddard ". . ,..24 

Report of Southern Agent, Rev. F. J. 
Davidson 25 

"Lizzie Woods' Letter".. 26- 

Report of Eld. G. B. Crockett. 27 

From Arkansas • • • • • • 27 

Report of Nebraska Conference, by Rev. 
Clarence Weston 28 

Nebraska Conference Letters 29 

Pennsylvania Convention, Secretary's 
Minutes .'. . 31 

General Officers. 
President Rev. D. S. Warner; vice- 
president, Rev. J. H. B. Williams; re- 
cording secretary, .Mrs. N. E. Kellogg ; 
secretary-treasurer, Wm. I. Phillips. 
Board of Directors. 
George W. Bond, C. A. Blanchard, G. 
J. Haan, Albert B. Rutt, H. A. Fischer, 
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D. S. Warner, J. H. B. Williams, P. A. 
Kittelsby and M. P. F. Doermann. 


Those desiring lectures or addresses 
may write to any of the speakers named 
below : 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, 31 18 Fourteenth 
St., N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Rev. Mead A. Kelsey, 221 College 
Ave., Richmond, Ind. 

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White Castle, La. 

Prof. Moses H. Clemens, Box 96, 
Ubee, Ind. 

Rev. C. G. Fait, Ellendale, N. D. 

Rev. Philemon Beck. Grafton, Calif. 

Eld. G. B. Crockett, Dermott, Ark. 


"Jesus answered hira, — I spakt openly to ilie wvrld; and in secret have I said nothing." J«bn 18:20. 


CHICAGO, MAY, 1910. 

Niimtui- 1 


By Henry Van Dyke, D. D. 

But I think the King of that country comes 

out from His tireless host, 
And walks in this world of the weary, as if 

He loved it the most; 
And here in the dusty confusion, with eyes 

that are heavy and dim, 
He meets again the laboring men who are 

looking and longing for Him. 

He cancels the curse of Eden, and brings 
them a blessing instead; 

Blessed are they that labor, for Jesus par- 
takes of their bread. 

He puts His hand to their burdens, He 
enters their homes at night; 

Who does his best shall have a guest, the 
Master of life and light. 

And courage will come with His presence 

and patience returns at His touch, 
And manifold sins be forgiven to those who 

love Him much; 
And the cries of envy and anger will change 

to the songs of cheer, 
For the toiling age will forget its rage 

when the Prince of Peace draws near. 

This is the Gospel of labor — ring it, ye bells 

of the kirk — 
The Lord of Love came down from above, 

to live with the men who work. 
This is the rose that He planted, here in 

the thorn-cursed soil — 
Heaven is blest with perfect rest, but the 

blessing of earth is toil. 

Associate as much as possible with 
persons of true worth and nobility of 
character. The main use of a great man 
is to inspire others. Get close to men 
of energy, and see how they work — to 
men of thought, and catch their spirit 
and method ; get near the refined and 
cultivated in mind and manners, and feel 
their charm. — Munger. 

A life of faith is not a golden thread 
in a web of scarlet. Init a golden wcli 
with a scarlet thread. 


A swcei^ing dcci.^ion {o the clYcci thai 
"peaceful picketing" is unlawful, since it 
injures the business against which it is di- 
rected, was handed down yesterda>' by tlic 
Aj:>pelatc court. 

The ruling was given on an injunction 
granted the Philip Hinrici company at the 
time of the so-called strike at its restaurant 
in 1914. The court finds that, as a matter of 
fact, there was no strike, none of the em- 
ployes having made any complaint. 

In granting the injunction in the Circuit 
court Judges Baldwin, McGoorty and 
Windes erred, says the higher tribunal, in 
restricting their order to "intimidation or 
violence." The mere presence of jMckets, 
it declares, is improper and not to be per- 
mitted under the amended injunction. 

"This is nothing more nor less than an 
ab.solute, unqualified injunction against 
picketing of any kind," said Willard M. 
McEwen, attorne}^ for the company. 
"There can be no doubt as to what the 
court means in this case/" — Chicago Tribune, 
April 14, I91(i. 



The Domi)iion Independent Odd-Fellow 
takes to task a noble grand who permitted 
a soldier in uniform to sit in the lodge 
without regalia and for allowing the chap- 
lain to change the opening prayer and 
make it a strong sectarian production. It 
expresses surprise that such a chaplain was 
appointed or is allowed to continue in of- 
fice. But there are grand chaplains, hence 
past grands, who also offer prayer strongly 
tinged with sactarianism. ^'ears aco our 
,z:raiul lodge had a grand master of the Mo- 
saic religion. His grand chaplain liad cof- 
fered two prayers each closing with tlie 
stereotyped phraseology o\ asking this in 

the name of . when the graiid 

master, gently but tinnly. re(|uested him in 
future prayers before the i:rand body to 
eliminate that part. .An ordinary chaplain 
of a lodue ma\- be forgiven, for he may 
know no better; but a grand chaplain 
sureh- ^lundd know Itelter. — /. O. O. I'. Lodge 
Record. March. l!>lt!. 

Expect great things from (iod and at- 
tempt great things for (.i<i(l. 


May, 1916. 

rected not from the Presidential palace 
of the Elysee, but from the headquar- 
ters of the Grand Orient in the Rue 
Cadet. While this is perhaps an exag- 
geration, it cannot be denied that the 
influence of ^Masonry upon the public 
life of France is very great indeed, and 
that it contributed in no small degree to 
the separation of Church and State last 
year. From the very moment when the 
overthrow of Napoleon III, in 1870, 
emancipated it from the control which 
he had been careful to impose upon it 
throughout his reign, by forcing it to ac- 
cept as grand masters, successively, Price 
Lucien Murat, Marshal Magnan and 
General Mellinent, it adopted a political 
platform of which one of the most im- 
portant planks was the repeal of the Con- 
cordat and the separation of Church and 
State. Another aim which it may be 
said to have accomplished has been the 
expulsion of the religious orders, the 
enactment by Parliament of gratuitous 
secular and compulsory education and 
the inauguration of equality in military 
conscription. Moreover, during the ad- 
ministration of Mr. Combes, whose 
Cabinet included no fewer than ten Free- 
masons, the fact was brought to light 
that General Andre, the Minister of 
War, had availed himself of Masonic as- 
sistance to investigate the private politi- 
cal sympathies and religious ideas of the 
officers of every degree, in order to drive 
out of the army all those whose devotion 
to the republic was lukewarm and who 
were suspected of being subject to Cler- 
ical influences. 

French Masonic Control Menaced by So- 
cialistic Masons. 
W^hether Masonry will continue in the 
future to play as important a role in the 
politics of France as during the thirty- 
six years that have elapsed since the 
foundation of the Third Republic in 
1870 it is difficult to say. For a new 
element is making itself felt in the craft, 

namely, that of socialism, which is dis- 
tinctly inimical to the forces that have 
hitherto controlled the action of the 
lodges. Until recently the tendency of 
the craft was essentially bourgeois, us- 
ing the word in its social sense. That 
is to say, it represented the property 
owning classes, rather than the masses, 
and for a number of years its Grand 
Master, or president, was M. Colfavru, 
one of the most trusted of the agents 
of the Rothschilds and an officer of their 
banking house in Paris. And most of 
his successors have been affiliated in one 
way or another with the great banking 
interests of the French metropolis, so 
that there were some grounds for the 
assertion put forward by the Clericals 
and Royalists that if the government re- 
ceived its inspiration from the Grand 
Orient in the Rue Cadet the Grand 
Orient in turn received its directions 
from the Rothschild Bank, in the Rue 
Lafitte. With the spread of Masonry, 
consequent on the decrease of authority 
of the Roman Catholic clergy, who have 
all along been its most determined foes, 
socialism secured a foothold in the 
lodges. Year by year it has become more 
powerful in the councils of the craft, un- 
til now the time has arrived when it is 
beginning to impose its views and prin- 
ciples upon the order. What these doc- 
trines are everybody knows. They in- 
clude the abolition of all monopolies, the 
confiscation of railroads, mines, etc., by 
the state and the redistribution of prop- 
erty. Of course, these are not ideas 
which commend themselves to the Roths- 
childs and to the other great financial 
-interests, which have, until now, found 
in the craft an instrument of political 
])ower in France. Nor do they meet with 
the approval of the well-to-do bourgeois 
element. It has been found impossible, 
however, to exclude socialists from the 
lodges, and whereas in their inception 
they were distinctly aristocratic and sub- 

May, 1916. 


sequently became Ijuurgeois, they seem 
henceforth destined to be dominated 1)}' 
communistic ideals. 

French Banish G. A. O. T. U. 
It may be added that for tlie last (|uar- 
ter of a century there has l)een no inter- 
course whatsoever between French and 
English Masons. In 1877 the Grand 
Orient of France banished, so to speak, 
the Almighty from its lodges, excluding 
in the most rigorous fashion from its 
ceremonies all acknowledgment of or 
reference to the "Grand Architect of the 
Universe." A few weeks after this the 
Grand Lodge of England issued a de- 
cree renouncing recognition of the Grand 
Orient of France, on the ground that the 
latter, by removing from its constitution 
the paragraphs asserting that belief in a 
Supreme Being which has been a tradi- 
tion, practice and feeling of all true and 
genuine Masons from the earliest to the 
present time, had placed itself beyond 
the Masonic pale. From that time Eng- 
lish Masons have been strictly prohibited 
from any Masonic relations with French 
lodges or members of the craft. 

Abolition of the Papacy, Aim of Italian 
In Italy, on the other hand, Freema- 
sonry still retains in its ceremonies the 
acknowledgment of the existence of the 
''Grand Architect of the Universe." 
While it is a mistake, therefore, to de- 
scribe the Italian lodges as atheistic, it 
cannot be denied that they are violently 
anti-clerical. Indeed, the political aims 
of Italian Masonry — aims publicly pro- 
claimed in writings and speeches — com- 
prise "the exclusion of every Catholic or 
clerical element from all ])ublic adminis- 
trations, from schools, hospitals and 
l)hilanthropic institutions, from the coun- 
cils which govern the destinies oi the 
country, from academical and other 
unions, from companies, committees and 
even families — an exclusion from e\cr\- 
thing", evervwhere and torexer. "''riiere 

b\' the wa\' will be smoothed toward the 
abolition ol' the I'apacy, and Italy will 
thus be treed from it> iniijlacable and 
deadly enemy." Xnd the loflges, more- 
over, express their determination lo 
bring about "the supjjression of all re- 
ligious corporations and the confiscation 
of all ecclesiastical pr(jijerty."' Were 
these merel\- enipt\ threat^ the N'atican 
conld atiord to treat tlieni with conteniiil. 
But, unfortunately. tlie\- are quite the 
reverse, b'or, of the 5(^4 members of 
the Chamber of Deputies at Rome, there 
are usually over three hundred wIkj are 
avowed Free Masons, and f(jr the la^t 
twenty years there has alwa\> been a 
Masonic majority in the Cabinet, several 
of the Premiers, notably Depretis and 
Zanardelli, being indeed, buried with 
Masonic honors, l-'urthermore, a few 
weeks ago the grand master of the ( irand 
Orient of Italy issued sentences of ex- 
pulsion from the craft against two Sen- 
ators and two Deputies, for no other 
reason than that they had ventured \.o 
join hands with the Clericals, with a 
view to common action against the So- 
cialists in the recent numicipal elections 
at Turin. One of the Deputies thus pun- 
ished was the universally respected Sig- 
nor X'illa, who has not onl\' held on iwn 
occasions the ofhce of l"abinet Minister, 
but was likewise tendered the Premier- 
ship at one moment l)\ the late King 
Flumbert. Similar cases ha\e occurred 
in France. For, after the collai)se ol the 
General Boulanger bubble in I'rance. 
those of his adherents who l)elonged to 
the craft were subjected to sexere di-- 
ciplinarx niea>nres 1)\ their lodges, uol 
becanse tlie\ had taken part in a political 
moxenient. but Itecanse they had been on 
the losing side. In order to apj^reciale 
this, let an\ \nierican Mason consider 
how he wonld t'eel if calletl to account 
and innnshed by his lodge t'or having 
Noted with <onie or another 
ninxenient against the party in ottice. 

:hrist]an cynosure 

May, 1916. 

Continental Masonry Anticlerical. 

In Austria and Germany, in fact every- 
where on the Continent, Freemasonry 
has ever been arrayed against the 
Church. This is no recent development 
in the history of the craft, but dates from 
the close of the eighteenth century. In 
those days not only pantheism, but like- 
wise atheism, was rife, especially among 
the aristocracy; new cults, beliefs and 
philosophies of an anti-Christian charac- 
ter were being invented every day and 
constituted the fad of the highly edu- 
cated classes, which found in Masonry 
a convenient instrument for the expres- 
sions of their ideas. It is, therefore, to 
the anti-Christian tendencies of the Free 
IMasons of the eighteenth century that 
must be ascribed the hostility of the 
Roman Catholic Church. The lodges 
took up the fight against the latter, and 
history teaches us how important a part 
Freemasonry played in Austria-Hungary 
and Germany in bringing about the anti- 
clerical legislation of Emperor Joseph 
II. From that time the craft and the 
Church have always been at war, and 
the Papacy, which was first led to con- 
demn the order on account of its irre- 
ligion, is now forced in self-defence to 
combat it as a foe bent upon its destruc- 

Masonry in Egypt and Turkey. 

Xor is it only in Europe that Masonry 

is a factor in politics. In Egypt, dur- 
ing the years immediately preceding and 
following the deposition of Khedive Is- 
mail and the bombardment of Alexan- 
dria, Ma'sonry, under the direction of an 
exceedingly clever Afghan, Djermal 
Khan, played so important a part in the 
organization of native opposition to Eng- 
lish influence and rule that the British 
authorities were eventually compelled to 
expel him from the Land of the Nile. 
In Turkey Masonry is identified with the 
Young Turk or revolutionary party, 
which aims at the overthrow of the pres- 

ent Sultan and the establishment of a 
constitutional form of government. 
When King Edward succeeded to the 
crown, one of the most remarkable pe- 
titions which he received was an appeal 
made to him as a brother Mason by the 
Free IMasons of the Ottoman Empire to 
take steps to bring about the liberation 
from prison and restoration to the throne 
of ex-Sultan Murad, who was a mem- 
ber of the craft and pledged to liberal 

Masonry Always Political. 

In conclusion, it may be pointed out 
that Masonry in the Old World, as well 
as in Central and South America — 
everywhere indeed, save in the English 
speaking countries — has always been 
political, with a tendency to irreligion 
and revolution. This being the case, it 
is only natural that it should become im- 
bued with those socialist and communist 
doctrines which represent the ideas of 
the most advanced political parties of the 
present day. It is to be regretted under 
the circumstances, that British ^^lasonry 
should manifest a disposition to abandon 
its time honored principles of abstention 
from politics, and it may be hoped that 
the American lodges will refrain from 
embarking upon a similar course and 
will remain true to the real ideals of the 
craft, namely, philanthropy and brother- 

Ex- Attache. 

Masons too rarelv make use of the 
power placed in their hands. Of course, 
it is the power for good, as ^Masonry 
exercises no powder but that for the good 
of mankind. — The Texas Freemason. 

It is predicted that one of the effects 
of the war will be to make Masonry 
more universal than it now is, brought 
about largely through the work of the 
Masonic War Relief Association of the 
United States. — The Texas Freemason. 

May, 1916. 


"What is Masonry now? It is power- 
ful. It comprises men of all ranks, 
wealth, office and talent, in power and 
out of power, and that in almost every 
place where power is of any importance ; 
and it comprises among other classes of 
the community, to the lowest in large 
numbers, active men, united together, 
and capable of being directed by the ef- 
forts of others so as to have the force 
of cement through the civilized world. 
They are distributed too, with the means 
of knowing each other, and the means of 
keeping secret and the means of co- oper- 
ating, in the Desk, in the Legislative 
Hall, on the Bench, in every gathering 
of business, in every party of pleasure, in 
every enterprise of government, in every 
domestic circle, in peace and in war, 
among enemies and friends, in one place 
as well as in another ! So powerful in- 
deed is it at this time, that it fears noth- 
ing from violence, either public or pri- 
vate ; for it has every means to learn it in 
season, to counteract, defeat and punish." 
From an address of a Masonic orator, 
Brainard, at New London, Connecticut, 
in the vear before the Morgan murder. 


Last December the Supreme Court of 
Texas awarded Smith Johnson $12,000 
damages for injuries sustained while be- 
ing initiated into the Knights and Daugh- 
ters of Tabor of the International Order 
of Twelve. While the decision of the 
court relates to the right of members to 
recover damages for injuries, in spite of 
provisions of constitutions, obligations, 
etc., it really lays down a principle of 
much wider application, viz.. that consti- 
tutions and obligations do not deprive a 
man of his right of self judgment of mat- 
ters not at that time revealed to him. By 
applying the decision of the Texas Su- 
preme Court to lodge oaths, it will be 
seen that none of them have any binding 
effect, for the things one is asked to 
keep secret are not revealed to him then, 
and, according to the court, he can not 
foreswear his judgment but must decide 
his duty in each case as it arrives. 

The decision of the Texas Supreme 
Court will be found the case of the said 
Order of Twelve vs. Johnson. 171 South- 
western Reporter, 490, and is in part as 
follows : 

The court is not willing" to subscribe to 
the doctrine that a secret order may pro- 
vide forms and ceremonies that are, or may 
by manner of executing the same become, 
dangerous, and then escape liability when 
injury results from the negilgence of its 
agents in carrying out those ceremonies. 
Neither do we concede that a candidate 
loses his right of action by reason of the 
fact that in his application and obligation 
he may agree to be bound by the constitu- 
tion and laws of the order and to conform 
to the forms and ceremonies of initiation; 
for in the very nature of things he cannot 
know what those things are until they are 
made known to him during his initiation 
and afterwards. 


Atchison, Kans., has just buried a liquor 
administration beneath a prohibition law 
enforcement uprising. 

The defeated mayor. Dr. C. C. Finney, is 
a prominent m.ember of the "Eagle" frater- 
nity, which has been a defiant prohibition 
law breaker but which the state authorities 
put out of business recently after raiding 
their quarters, confiscating the liquor found» 
and placing a permanent injunction against 
the Eagle Club house. 

Because of his activity against the Eagle 
booze jomts, Mr. Paul G. Tonsing, a mem- 
ber of the Kansas Lutheran Synod, was at- 
tacked last December by eight members of 
the Eagle Club, but successfully fought 
them off and escaped to his rooms. 

The city election here is a vindication for 
Mr. Tonsing, as well as a complete answer 
to the lies sent out by the liquor scribes 
regarding temperance conditions in Kansas 
and Atchison in particular. 


[Circular letter sent to members of the W. 
O. W. by The Woodman Journal of Dallas, 

Esteemed Sovereign : 

Do you believe in Preparedness ? Do 
you believe in preparing to protect your 
loved ones when you can no longer be 
present to protect them? We believe 
every intelligent man does ! Therefore, 
we earnestly call your attention to the 
following : 

Do you understand the nature of the 
suit of Judge R. B. Seay vs. Sov. Camp 
W. O. W., now pending in the courts of 
Dallas Countv? 


Do you know what brought about that 

Did you know that there are 34.000 
policy-holders in the same fix as Judge 



May, 1916. 

Seay, whose insurance amounts to ap- 
proximately $68,000,000.00 ? 

Do you know tlie average age of these 
policy-holders, and their expectancy of 

If Judge Seay should win, what will 
be the result to the W. O. W. ? If he 
should lose, what will be the effect upon 
all sovereigns, old and young? 

Did you know that the Sovereign Of- 
ficers now swear that our policies are 
about 50 per cent insolvent ? Do you 
know why they are insolvent ? 

Would it surprise you to learn that 
about 85,000 sovereigns dropped out of 
the order in 1915, in addition to the 
death claims ? 

The Sovereign Officers swear in court 
that \\\ O. W. is $156,000,000.00 in debt 
to its policy-holders ? Do you know who 
is going to pay that enormous debt? Can 
the old men afford to do it? Will the 
young men attempt it ? 

What is the remedy? 

Do you know what the Mobile Bill is? 
Is its design to protect the insured, or 
what is its purpose? 

Sovereigns, the Woodman Journal is 
your paper. It is owned, operated and 
controlled by Woodmen, and published 
for the benefit of Woodmen? It is the 
only organ so operated in all Woodcraft, 
and open to every sovereign. It pur- 
poses, with your co-operation, to help 
solve some of the above problems. We 
are not fighting the Sovereign Camp, nor 
any of its officers ; we are fighting for 
Woodmen everywhere, their homes and 
principles. Will you co-operate with us? 
We believe you will. 

Tht Journal purposes to give in detail 
the suit of Judge Seay vs. Sov. Camp 
A\'. O. W., and all the facts brought out 
therein, showing the financial condition 
of the order. It is going to publish arti- 
cles from some of the leading choppers. 
In the February issue Judge R. B. "Seay 
and Judge E. B. Muse were noteworthy 

contributors. Others are to follow. Its 
pages are open to you. 

But, sovereigns, the Journal is de- 
pending on you for its support. It has 
no other. The information given in its 
})ages within the next few months will 
be worth many dollars to you, and may 
be the means of helping you to protect 
your loved ones. 

Therefore, send us your subscription 
for one year — 50 cents — and get all the 
facts. Also send along your ideas about 
the matter, and what you think should be 

Call this to the attention of your 
Camp. Every sovereign should be a sub- 

Yours fraternally, ■' 
(Signed) J. N. Townsend, 

Editor and Manager. 
{ Member Cedar Park Camp No. 668, 



Speaking of the abominable class sys- 
tem which prevails in Oriental countries 
to a great degree and which is univers- 
ally condemned in this country, Ella 
Wheeler Wilcox, writing in the Omaha 
Bee of November i, 1915, says that a 
similar condition exists in college and 
university "fraternity" life in this coun- 
try. After giving instances demonstrat- 
ing their cruel and petty power in both 
women's and men's societies, she says : 

Teachers and professors do nothing what- 
ever toward correcting the evils and the 
unjust conditions emanating from these col- 
lege associations. 

Because the members of these societies 
are usually young men and young women 
of wealthy parents and of financial, social 
or political power, no effort is made to 
change or better their methods. It is the 
old story of the power of might over right. 

A.S our country grows older and richer 
these evils grow more pronounced. It is 
useless for worthy young men and women 
to rebel against the tyranny of college class 
societies. They must simply reach a higher 
moral outlook and realize how small and 
petty a thing membership in any society is 
when compared with the one great purpose 
of life, that of character-building. 

May, 1916. 


The greatest, the most successful, the 
most useful, the most admirable people in 
our nation to-day have not, as a rule, shone 
in their youth as leaders in college class 

Many who shone twenty years ago, and 
who adopted the airs of snobs toward 
those, who were not members of the organ- 
ization,' would to-day gladly exchange places 
with those same snubbed classmates. It is 
to be understood, of course, that many ex- 
cellent, kind-hearted and decently behaved 
young men and women belong to college 
societies; but it is also to be understood 
and emphasized that the general tenor of 
these societies is toward un-American stand- 
ards and un-Christian conduct toward their 
fellow students. 

It is very much like the military spirit 
abroad of officers tow^ard the rank and file. 
Detestable, if not to use a stronger word 
beginning with the same first letter. 


According to TJie Shu, Baltimore, 
March 31, 1916, the "trail hitting" is not 
up to expectations at the Sunday taber- 
nacle. It is difficult to understand why 
there should be any lack of spiritual 
power in this campaign, since there were 
4,600 Baltimore ''handmaids of religion" 
present in one crowd, which is said to be 
the largest delegation of Masons ever 
present in a ''Sunday campaign." 

Mr. Sunday, quite appropriately 
preached to the Masons on "Solomon" 
and declared that he "was a thirty-third 
degree sport." Speaking of the Masonic 
work of Rodeheaver and George Sunday, 

The Sun says : 

The trail hitting was not up to the ex- 
pectation of Mr. Sunday, and he and his 
assistants are still wondering "what is hold- 
ing Baltimore back." That Homer Rode- 
heaver and George Sunday are Masons 
probably had something to do with the 
number of men from this fraternity who 
came down the sawdust aisles to grasp the 
evangelist's hand. Young Sunday went down 
to the Masonic reservation and did some 
effective personal work. 

Of the 16,000 crowded into the taber- 
nacle, onlv 160 "hit the trail" that night. 
What is the matter at Baltimore? We 
wonder ! 


The following paragraph is from "The 
Country Church and the Rural Prolv 
lem," by Kenyon L. Butterfield. ])rcsi- 
dent of the Massachusetts Agriculttiral 
College. The work is composed of a 
series of lectures delivered before the 
students of Hartford Theological Sem- 

inary in the year ioo<;. and is issued by 
the L'niversity of Chicago Press. The 
paragrajjli is found in ( hapter 1\ . de- 
voted to "Difticidtic-^ and .Suggestions," 
is found llic following: 

"It is common]}- rcmarkt-d that during 
the past generation the clinrcli has suf- 
fered in Icaderslii]) because oilier institu- 
tions have com])eted with it for social 
service. 1 doubt wlietlicr lln> rondition 
is an\- more ajjjjarenl in the countr\' than 
in the cit}-, but where it doe^ exi^t in 
tlie countr\- it is more dibaslrcnis. Dur- 
ing the past two decades, especially in 
the j)rosperous comminiitie^ of the .Mid 
die West, there ha^ been a ^reat wave 
of 'fraternal' organization. In -^omc 

MAS' I'.l.dSSOMS. 

I'Votn a i)lu)to,ura])li taken 1>\ rrcsideiit 
Blanchard at lii- Jionu'. Secretary Thillips is 
standing beneath the tree. 

rural communities there is a meeting ot 
some association practically every night 
in the week. Tlioe organizations not 
only compete with the church socially, 
but tluw absorb lime and energy and 
monex that might olherwi>e. in part at 
least, be devoted to the church; and. 
worst of all, tbe\- sometimes produce the 
impression that, so far as luiman wel- 
fare is concerned. the\' are aliuc^^t a- 
serviceable a^ the cluircb."' 



May, 1916. 


Odd-Fellow's Expenses $12,000 Over In- 

The committee on tinance, of The S. G. L., 
presented a lengthy report at the recent ses- 
sion. Jt was adopted. It contained some 
starthng news and also some suggestions, but 
a few more recommendations might very well 
have been added. 

The report stated that the cash balance on 
July 31, 1916, which was $69,125.35, would be 
nearly wiped out by bills of the present ses- 
sion ; that during the fiscal year which ended 
on the date mentioned, the expenditures of 
the S. G. L. had exceeded the receipts by 
$6, 292. 68. Deducting the interest on the bonds 
—$5,700 — which was included in the total 
receipts, the actual excess of the expenditures 
over the receipts from the sales of supplies 
and from the taxes upon our grand lodges and 
grand encampments for representation, was 

The committee says that a continuation of 
the existing financial policy, with the extraor- 
dinary expenses of the recent session added, 
''will undoubtedly show the appalling deficit 
of approximately $40,000 (forty thousand) 
for the year ending July 31, 1916. The com- 
mittee stated a radical change in the financial 
policy of the S. G. L. is imperative. — The I. O. 
O. F. Lodge Record, February, 1916. 

\ arioiis recommendations are made to 
overcome this deficit, such as employing 
local men as clerks, etc., at S. G. L. ses- 
sions : payment of expenses only to offi- 
cers attending the Grand Lodge, but the 
chief way to save money seems to be to 
hold the S. G. L. where the biggest crowd 
can be secured at the least expense. The 
expenditure for mileage for the sessions 
of the S. G. L. at Portland, Ore. (1892), 
was $44,684.72 ; at San Francisco ( 1904) 
S50.411.60. and at Seattle (1909) $52,- 
674.10. while in eastern and central cities 
the mileage ranged between $20,000 and 

Continuing, the /. O. 0. F. Lodge Rec- 
ord says : 

These figures are from the Indiana Sou- 
venir, and they show that during the last 25 
years, including the recent session, the sums 
for mileage amounted to $703,133.16, or yearly 
average of $28,125.32. As to the recommen- 
dation to reimburse the salaried officers and 
em.ployes their actual reasonable expenses and 
not to allow them the fixed mileage, the ques- 
tion mav be asked whv the fixed mileage 
for the representatives should not be reduced? 
A reduction of only tzvo cents would have 
saved $10,367.32 at the recent session, and 
$5,590.54 in 1914. And why should per diem 
be paid for six days when the session closes 
on the fifth?- 

Sure enough ! Why take six days' pay 
for five? It would appear that C^dd-Fel- 

low officials have not neglected their op- 
portunities to graft. Secret societies 
have truthfully been called by their de- 
fenders : "organized selfishness." Hav- 
ing organized the lodge system on selfish 
lines, the officers of necessity have re- 
ceived excellent training in personal sel- 
fishness, and so it remains to be seen 
whether they will give up the easy money 
they have been accustomed to take. Con- 
sidering the tendency to fat salaries and 
great expense accounts in other frater- 
nal orders, we seriously doubt whether 
the suggestions of the committee get be- 
yond the recommendation stage. 



[Written and published by resolution of the 
Missouri Synod Lutheran Pastoral Confer- 
ence, of Milwaukee, Wis.] 

This society was incorporated in 1897; 
the fourth edition of the Ritual was pub- 
lished by authority of the Supreme As- 
sembly of Neenah, Wis., in 1904. 

Agents tell us the society is "simply a 
business proposition," ''purely an insur- 
ance oorganization," "does not conflict 
with your religious or political beliefs." 

Upon examination we find that it does 
conflict with the religious belief of a con- 
sistent Christian, and the proof is now 
given from their Ritual, the italics being 

In the Opening Ode they pray — 

'And the smile of the Eternal 
Be upon your Brotherhood." p. 7. 

In the Closing Ode they pray — 

"God go with us, oh my. brothers." p. 17. 

In the Installation Ode they pray — 

''May the strength of highest Heaven 
Help each one that trust to keep. 
May the imsdom that's unfailing 
Guide you unto all things good." p. 22. 

From the above it is clear that they 
pray to a "God," but to a Christless 
"God," which is an idol. 

There is only one God, and that is the 
Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Matthew 
28:19 ; 2 Cor. 13 114. 

The Bible says, "For though there be 
that are called gods, whether in heaven 
or on earth (as there be gods many, and 
lords many), but to us there is but one 
God, the Father, of whom are all things, 
and we in Him ; and one Lord Jesus 
Christ." I Cor. 8:5-6. 

May, 1916. 



The Bible furthermore says, "All men 
should honor the Son, even as they honor 
the Father. He that honoreth not the 
Son honoreth not the Father which hath 
sent Him. John 5 123. 

And so their "god'' is not the (lod of 
the Bible, but an idol. 

Not praying to the true (jod, bather, 
Son and Holy Ghost, it follows cjuite 
naturally that they do not pray in the 
name of Jesus. But Jesus says, "What- 
soever ye shall ask the blather in my 
name. He will give it you." John 16:23. 

And so their "prayer" is not a Chris- 
tian prayer. 

In the Burial Service the}' sa}' — 

"Death can only separate us for a time. . . . 
We bury our dead out of sight in the hope of 
.an immortal life beyond the grave, a life that 
shall he without sorrow." p. 22. 

''Friend of ours, Good-bye until we meet 
aqain, and sav, 'Good-morninu" /;/ the zvorld 
of God." p. 23. ^ • 

"God, who maketh man, is just. 
Of the good deeds mau has done 
He, man's Judge, forgetteth none. 
Merciful and kind is he — 
Righteous will His judgment be ! 

From the above it is clear that they ex- 
pect to meet all their members in heaven, 
but without the suffering and death of 
Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior. Not a 
word is said about Him. They teach 
salvation by the good works of their 
members, which the Judge will not for- 

The Bible teaches, "Neither is then 
salvation in any other : for there is none 
•other name under heaven given among 
men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 
4:12. "The blood of Jesus Christ, His 
Son, cleanseth us from all sin." i John 
I 17. "There is one God, and one Me- 
diator between God and men, the man 
Christ Jesus." i Tim. 2 15. "Jesus Christ 
the righteous : and He is the propitiation 
for our sins." i John 2:1. "In Christ 
we have redemption through His blood, 
the forgiveness of sins, according to the 
riches of His Grace." Kph. i -.7. "There- 
fore we conclude that a man is justified 
by faith, without the deeds of the law." 
Rom. 3 -.2^. 

Being a union of Christians and non- 
Christians, the "Equital)le iM-aternal Fn- 
ion," in the nature of the case, cannot 
confess Christ, but must purposely omit 
Christ, which is to denv Christ." Ihit 

Christ says, "Whosoever shall deny me 
before men. him will I also deny Ijefore 
my l-'ather which i.s in hea\en."" Matth. 

.Siuce the "b^(iuitable hratcnial Fnion" 
has a ( bristless j)ra\er to a ( bristless 
(iod. and a (bristles- wav to a (Frist- 
less heaven, a consi.-^tent f(jllo\\er of 
Christ must get out of the Fnion. 

The above tract may be oblaiiu-d fr<»ni the 
Northwestern Pubhshing Mouse, Iho l'"<»urth 
Street. Milwaukee, Wis., for o cents a copy 
or $2.')n per Ino coj)ies. 

f eceDer0' Itstimouits. 


[Extracts from letters of a seceding 
Mason, dated October 15, 1915, and lanuarv 
18, 1916.] 

I was a very prominent "order" man. 
especially an enthusiastic Freemason, but 
two or three trenchant articles that came 
under ni}' notice proved to me that alas 
no man can serve two masters. 1 served 
Masonry beter than 1 served my church. 
I got men to join the Masons that 1 could 
not get to join the church. In fact, I 
began to say that once a \oinig man 
joined the "orders" it was well nigh im- 
possible to get him to become a member 
of the church. 

The first thing that dawned on me was 
that my soul was in danger of perdition. 
1 was on the road to hell, and in a very 
respectable, though disastrous manner, 
was leading others down the broad road. 
When once 1 saw the light, T Ictt the 
lodge. If I had been a "joiner." 1 im- 
mediatelN- became a quitter. 

Masons Control the Church. 

Then the Masons showed the power 
of the Devil ; the\- intlucnccd tlic presby- 
tery to overlook the rtdes of the cluuch. 
and on a mere pretext asked tor my re- 
moval : anywaw 1 solved their dark and 
deadh' plot and [mtting ni\ trti>t in < lod. 

Better lose a congregatit^n with a gooil 
stii)en(l. than to lose my sotd. a soul em- 
balmed in iM-eemasonry. perfiime<l with 
tobacco smoke, and petrified with alle- 
gorical >\ ndtoli->ni : a woctul spectacle to 
stand before bini whose e\e- are a- a 
llanic ot' tire. 



May, 1916. 

So I have been without a charge ever 
since, and can rejoice in more spiritual 
freedom than ever I thought it was pos- 
sible for any man to have, and am deeply 
grateful to God that his Holy Spirit has 
delivered me from that terrible bondage. 
I have a peace in my life that I never 
had before, thank God, and in his own 
good time he will call me to another 

I have a family of four children, but 
I can say that I am happier than any 
minister who is a Mason or any other 
"order" man, with no family and a large 
salary, because they are in darkness, and 
to them Scripture is a vague mystery ; 
the Holy Spirit they can not know, be- 
cause they grieve him. 

The Holy Word has been a wonderful 
delight to me, since my sight has been 
freed from the blinders of secretism. 
Preaching, instead of being an irksome 
duty, has become a dehght, and I marvel 
that "Billy Sunday" could stultify his 
work by recognizing ah kinds of orders 
in his meetings. They will bring him no 
blessing, and I am seriously afraid the 
Devil will use them to his destruction. 
Brotherhood a Deplorable Failure. 

My views with regard to the evils of 
secretism are aU the more firmly estab- 
lished, so I rejoice more and more every 
day that I have turned my back upon its 
heathenism. This war has turned their 
proud boastings topsy-turvy. The insur- 
ance fraternities in Canada are at their 
wits ends ; the benevolent treasuries of 
the lodges are about depleted and still 
further demands are being made upon 
them. Truly, ''Cursed is he that putteth 
his trust in man." When it comes to 
storm and stress there is only One who 
says "when thou passeth through the wa- 
ters I will be with thee ; and through the 
rivers, they shall not overflow thee," etc. 

All those man-made institutions come 
to a day of testing, and deplorably fail. 
And yet the Devil keeps up the delusion 
and deceives many, and the greatest sin- 
ner, the grandmother of them all. Free- 
masonry, still keeps primping her anti- 
fjuated curls, saying, "Behold me, I am 
the choice of the earth." The conceited 
old lady. Their boastful and arrogant 
claim of preventing war between the na- 
tions of the world through the endless 
chain of brotherhood, has gone to pieces. 

Her "indestructible" chain has been 
broken, link bv link. 

Lodge Splits Church. 

It amused me to read an article in the 
Expositor by a brother clergyman advo- 
cating that the church might, with a great 
deal of benefit, copy from the secret so- 
cieties. He lauded to the skies what ap 
peared to him to be "their many good 
qualities," but he said nothing about their 
many shortcomings, their petty jeal- 
ousies, mean bickerings, unholy itch for 
ofiice and unscrupulous methods of se- 
curing the same arid their consummate 
conceit. Had he looked around he might 
have discovered that the troubles in 
many congregations arise out of private 
cliques caused by secret societies. I 
know of a congregation that has been 
split in two by a fraternity black ball. 
The ill will bred by that is handed down 
from one generation to another, and has 
been heartbreaking to every minister 
serving that church. My friend, the 
writer, could not look very far before he 
would discover that the churches would 
be immensely better ofif both spiritually 
and financially if there were no such 
thing as a secret order of any kind. I 
pray that the Lord may open his eyes to 
the delusion. 


March 22nd, 1916. 
A physician, who was called to our 
home during the illness of my sister, in- 
troduced a discussion of Freemasonry 
by a remark concerning their care of the 
sick and some other features of their 
business qualities. The writer remem- 
bered the remark made by the late Dr. 
D. H. Coulter in an address to the stu- 
dents of Geneva College in which, after 
giving examples of widows who were 
left dependent because the lodge dues 
of their deceased husbands had not been 
paid in full, he said "their boasted be- 
nevolence is concentrated fiendishness." 
The conversation here given did not 
open with such a forty-two centimeter 
shot as the above. Even Dr. Coulter 
brought up this heavy gun near the close 
of his assault. The brother whose tes- 
timony is here recorded seemed anxious 
to discuss the order to which he belongs, 
and ample opportunity was afiforded and 

May, 1916. 



e\'en some encouragement was gi\en him 
to proceed. 

His first statement was to the effect 
that he preached the gospel to his lodge 
every Saturda}' night. The writer had 
heard President Blanchard give the tes- 
timony of a chaplain of a Philadelphia 
lodge who hoasted he had used the name 
of Christ when praying at lodge meet- 
ings and nothing had happened, hut who 
later found that something did happen 
and he was requested to cease the prac- 
tice, and left the lodge. This fact was 
presented, but the Alaster Mason said 
that his office gave him the liberty of c 
czar, and no one could prevent his speak- 
ing for Christ. He admitted this was un- 
Masonic, and was done contrary to the 
genius of the order. Thinking I had a 
man before me who was almost per- 
suaded to be an out and out Christian, 
another experience was related to him. 
An aged minister of the M. E. church 
south was candid enough to make the 
statement that few ministers of his 
church were not Alasons ; that Masons 
were not active church members, but his 
excuse for continuing in an organization 
which was antichristian, and which is 
deluding men spiritually, was 'That if 
men did not confess Christ before the) 
were of the age which was necessary to 
become Masons, they were not likely to 
become Christians at all." A statement 
like that from a minister of Jesus Christ, 
a man over sixty years of age, who sang 
and prayed each morning wdien awaken- 
ing from his night's rest, was almost 
more than I could comprehend. To 
one not educated in IMasonic morals 
it sounded as if he had said: "Since 
men are going to hell, we might as well 
provide an organization to assist them." 
()ur M. E. preacher did not hesitate to 
assist in an act which is a Divine pre- 
rogative, for He alone knows the heart 
and only He can tell where the soul has 
passed the boundary of hope. 

But even this did not daunt our A fas- 
ter Mason, who said boldly that men 
were going to hell right along through 
the lodge. In speaking of the obligation 
taken in the eighteenth degree of the 
Scottish Rite, in which he claimed there 
is recognition made of the Divinity of 
Jesus Christ, he said he had adminis- 
tered that oath to men whom he' knew 

did not believe Christ to be divine; that 
they t(jok the oath merely to take the 
degree, and knew they were lying when 
the\ did it. 

The w ritcr referred to the burial serv- 
ice ol the .Mas()n> which he had wit- 
nessed in La junta, C(jl(jrado, when (Jiie 
of the profane and obscene men of the 
town as chaplain had sent the deceased 
brother Mason from the grand lodge be- 
\()\y to the Crand Lodge abcne. Our 
ph\sician re])lied that the Mascjnic burial 
service is a mockerw 

There seems to be nothing to add to 
this testimon\- which i> necessary io con- 
demn this institution a> unchristian and 
as one of the Devil's agencies for de- 
stroying >ouls. \ et this professing Chris- 
tian, a Bible teacher, had not. when 1 
last met him, come out of tliis order. 
What must l)e the subtle power of an 
organization which can so destroy the 
sense of consistenc\- in a human soul as 
to allow one to remain and participate 
in its w (3rk who not simply admits but 
asserts that it is an agency which is lead- 
ing men to hell? It is to the everlasting 
condemnation of this order that it sat- 
isfies or stupefies the religious instincts 
of those who do not kncjw Jesus Christ, 
but here is a keener power of Satan re- 
vealed, that it can hold one in its grasp 
whose conscience and judgment disap- 
prove his own conduct in this relation- 
ship. Let us pra\' for this brother in the 
church that he may be a true brother in 
Christ, for he whom the Son makes 
free is free indeed. 

(Rev.) j. M. WviJK. 

Kansas Cit\ . Mo. 

P. S. — Since writing the above I have 
read it to the ])hyscian referred to. and 
he has 'given me his word that he is 
throuiih with Alasonrv forever, lie aLo 
permits the use of his name. lie is 
Dr. A. M. Wilson. I'ast Master of York 
Lodge in Kansas City. Mo. Praise (lod 
that he has delivered hi^ servant from 
the bondage of the Lodge. J. M. \\ . 

A Seceder's Experience. 
Mv experience as a lodge member is 
not large. a< I ha\e been a member ot 
but one. lUu my connection with the 
lodge was of sufficient duration for me 
to obtain a fair knowledge of its char- 



May, 1916. 

acter. I had been persuaded to join the 
"Red ^len" when 1 was sixteen years 
old. Along with others I ran the gaunt- 
let of men with barrel staves which 
decended upon our stooped forms with 
no little force. We were then blind- 
folded and led about the room to knock 
our shins at intervals against large wood- 
en rollers set on end. After one gets 
through a cource of horseplay such as 
the Red ]\Ien prescribe, he is not only 
sore of person, but also hiuiiiliated. 

It is not a pleasant thing for me to 
remember that L too, have helped to put 
others through this same course of treat- 
ment, but after the Holy Spirit convicted 
me of sin, and God for Christ's sake par- 
doned my sin and made me "a new^ man 
in Christ Jesus," my eyes were opened. 
One night with another yoimg Christian, 
I went to see Brother John S. White. 
We talked on various topics pertaining 
to a life "tmspotted from the world," 
and among them was secret societies. 
Brother \Miite dwelt much upon this sub- 
ject, and to prove his assertions, he 
turned to the only infallible source of 
light — God's Word — and read Scriptures 
which made it plain to me that I was "in 
fellowship with the unfruitful works of 
darkness." As I heard God's voice 
through his servant condemning my al- 
liance with ungodly men, a strong con- 
viction seized me. A\'hile my young 
friend and myself were making our way 
homeward, we crossed a bridge spanning 
a canal, which became the recipient of a 
plug of chewing: tobacco, which was one 
of my idols. Upon arriving at home I 
talked with the Lord about what I had 
Tieard, and having a teachable spirit, I 
resolved, by the help of God, to lay aside 
for Jesus" sake, this hindrance of the 

In the lodge I had advanced to the of- 
fice of Sachem, the presiding officer of 
the meeting, and was held in esteem by 
the others because I was a Christian and 
so would lend prestige to the order. 

On the day following my talk with 
Brother W^hite, the Red Men were to 
participate in a parade, and I was to take 
tlie lead as ''prophet" which was a 
coveted position. But the Lord, through 
his servant, spoiled this prospect for me. 
praise his name, and instead of leading 

the order in the parade, I took the 
prophet's white suit (which, by the way, 
IS not a type of the purity of the order 
by any means), and left it in the council 
cUamber, and never since have I trodden 
its tioor as a member of the order. That 
day 1 spent in prayer and reading of 
God's Word and mstead of being a lead- 
er that day I was led by the Holy Spirit 
into sweet communion with God, and into 
greater knowledge of his w^ill. This was 
one of the most precious days of my life. 
I found the saying true that the blessing 
which God gives to his obedient child 
vastly outweighs the pleasure we had in 
the things we give up for him. 

I was not long in the enjoyment of my 
experience until some of the lodge 
brethren (?) wanted to know why I left 
the lodge. My knowledge of what God's 
Word said about unholy alliances was 
meager, but I told them that God's Word 
forbids Christians to be unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers, and as I 
wanted to be a Christian, I had to obey. 

There were many other things said 
which I do not now recall, and many in- 
ducements held out to me to return, but 
God gave me grace to withstand. God 
gives enabling grace with all His com- 
mands. When I could not be induced to 
return, they began to persecute and ridi- 
cule, and I was privileged to be found 
worthy to suffer shame for Christ's sake 
by being called fool, bigot, old fogy, etc. 
Some ceased to speak to me, but God 
spoke the more lovingly to my soul. 

It is now eight years since God en- 
abled me to bear a testimony against this 
unfruittul work of darkness, "this mas- 
terpiece of the Devil." I shall, by His 
grace, continue to do so as long as speech 
is given me. I say it to the glory of His 
name, I have been used of God in a small 
way to help some to come out of these 
Christless institutions, as well as to keep 
some from entering. 

How much better it would be if young 
converts w^ere instructed concerning the 
evils of the lodge system instead of how 
to "butter sandwiches at a picnic" and a 
lot of other nonsense, for then there 
would be a robust generation of spiritual 
Christians coming on. 

(Rev.) C. M. Manning. 

Maytown, Pa., Feb. 26, 1916. 

May, 1916. 




[The following letter, from wliich we 
make extracts, was sent to Secy. Stoddard 
by Aaron Loucks, General Manager of the 
Alennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, for 
use in the Pennsylvania Convention.] 

Before I was converted I was a mem- 
ber of the First Presbyterian church, but 
did not attend. I attended the Meth- 
odist church where J was assistant teach- 
er and secretary of Young Men's Bible 
Class, and a member of Veleta Com- 
mandery Knights of Malta, in which 1 
had been raised to Past Commander for 
three years' service as Junior and Senior 
Warden, I never heard a word against 
the lodge, but much for it. Our Com- 
mandery consisted of ministers of the 
Gospel, elders, trustees, doctors, law\ers, 
etc. Why shouldn't I think it a very fine 
thing to belong to? I had all the forms 
of godliness but denied the power there- 

I was converted about August i8, 
1914, and everything went well until 
Labor Da}- when I went to an all day 
meeting, and when the call was given for 
any who wanted to be converted or 
sanctified, I went forward. I was hungry 
for a better knowledge of God. No man 
had said a word to me about the lodge 
and I am afraid T would not have 
listened if they had done so, for T could 
see no fault in it. At the altar, all I 
could see was my lodge pin shining for 
all it was worth. I could not pray or 
do anvthins:. \^'hat did it all mean? 
Did not God approve of the lod?e? 
Something seemed to tell me I must come 
out of it if I would go on with God. Be- 
fore T left the altar I was almost con- 
vinced. B was hard for me to see my 
way through, but T decided if God wanted 
me to I would not hold to it a minute. 
The meeting closed and T went out with 
one of the brothers 'uid told him that if 
there was anything between myself and 
God. T would gladlv <'ivc it un ns T 
wanted to go on with Him. lie said. "T 
can tell vou whcit it is." 1 said. "Tell 
me.'' He replied, "That lodge ])in." I 
said, "All right," and took it ()\^\ without 
another word. 

I went to the next meeting of the 
lodee as I felt God wanted me to tell 
theiu why T was dropping out. 1 told 
them that T was a saved man and hence 
could no longer remain a member oi" the 

lodge and f gave them a few reasons 
for it. Thei'e \\a^ some comment bv <lif- 
ferent men, Init no one sj)oke harshlv to 
me or of me. They just thought I was 
misled and would come t(^ m\- senses 
after a while. And now, after alnifj-t 
two years, (iod has shown me so man\ 
things tlial I tremble t(j think of liie ter- 
rible pit oiil of which he ha> lifted me. 
I J) to the time oi my con\er>ion 1 
thought that the lodge was second to 
iKjthing in this world and no one could 
have convinced me differentlx , but after 
1 was converted (that sound- funnv 
when I had been receixed into the 
Knights of Malta on ni}- profession as a 
follower of Jesus), it took the Lord 
about five minute^ to take the love of 
lodge fellowship all out of me. I could 
fill man}- pages with Scripture- from the 
ritual of the Knights of Malta, any one 
of which makes the order stand con- 
demned before (iod. I lo\e tho-e men: 
they are good fellows, hearty and con- 
genial, but how sadly mistaken as to 
what the Bord calls a soldier of the 
cross. I only hope that the Lord will let 
me point some of them to the wax of life. 
Ernest B. Ji-:.\.\i.\-(,s. 
N. Braddock, Pa. 


Grand Sign and Grip, Knight of Malta. 

Eminent Conniiander (to candidate) — 
Thomas, reach hither th} linger and feel 
the print of the nails. ( They join right 
hands, each forcing the forelmger into 
the palm of the other's hand, i 

Eminent ComnuDidcr — Reach hither 
th}- hand and thrust it into ni\ side. 
( Each extends liis left hand and arm 
thrusting it into the other's left <ide. 
right hands still joined. ) 

Etuinent C'oninunider — M} 

Candidate ( pr()mi>te(n — And m\ (iod. 

r.ininent Coniniaiider — 'Idle}" allude to 
the unbelief of Thomas. We learn from 
the .'>cri])tures that after the ."^ax-ior had 
risen from the dead he :ij)peared to his 
disciples when the\ were assemble I to- 
gether on the e\-euiug of the tirsl day of 
the week. ( Phe I'.minent ( 'ommander 
then (|Uotes John Jo:24.)'uicnt C(^ni}}ia}ider (continuing) — 
The name of this grip is f nniiannel. h 
teaches us that there i< an unbelief which 
transcends a rational scepticism : that ue 



May, 1916. 

should possess a power of faith to re- 
ceive divine truth even though unaccom- 
panied by physical evidence and thus en- 
title us to the commendation of our 
Divine Teacher: "Blessed are they that 
have not seen and yet have believed.'' 

The principal words of this degree are. 
Rex Regiun, Dominiis Dominoruin. It 
signities. "King of kings and Lord of 


[A seceder from the Masonic, Red Men, 
Royal League and Guardians of Liberty.] 

The false religion of the lodge is 
subtle of manner and like an octopus — 
whomsoever it entangles it draws to in- 
evitable destruction. It is so cunning 
and deceptive that even in Christian cir- 
cles it finds supporters or defenders. 

Let us test the religion of the lodge 
in the light of the Ten Commandments. 

The lirst commandment says : "Thou 
shalt have no other gods before me." 
The lodge requires a belief in a Supreme 
Being, but does not limit it to the true 
God of Heaven. Allah, Confucius, 
Buddha, etc., are all admitted in the 
statement, "I believe in God." It puts 
the true God on par with the heathen 
divinities, and thus the lodge acknowl- 
edges gods instead of God. 

In the second place it breaks that oth- 
er commandment which reads: "Thou 
shalt not make unto thee any graven 
image. Thou shalt not bow down thy- 
self to them nor serve them," etc. The 
lodge requires that the knee be bowed to 
altars and various symbols which convey 
earthly ideas of salvation. 

The third commandment tells us : 
"Thou shalt not take the name of the 
Lord thy God in vain." The secret pass- 
words are held in greater esteem in the 
lodge than the name of God. Members 
may curse and blaspheme without re- 
buke, but their secret passwords they 
never dare speak lightly of. They even 
substitute a name for God and enchain 
their members, under threats of death, 
to use it in the proper time, place and 

The fourth commandment says : "Re- 
member the Sabbath day to keep it 
holy." The lodge seems to realize that 

they have broken this commandment too 
often and are attempting to restrict Sun- 
day picnics, parades, blowouts, etc. But 
is it for the glory of God? No, only so 
that the Christian may more easily be 
blindfolded. A^et the lodges use the 
Sabbath for their best exploits to obtain 
new members. The glory of the lodge 
is lirst. 

"Honor thy father and mother" is 
the lifth commandment. The lodge says, 
If any be not of you, be not with them. 
The lodge member may not consult with 
his parents unless they, too, belong to the 
order. The father, mother, brother, sis- 
ter, sweetheart or whoever may be held 
dearest, if among the "profane," are 
placed on the same level with the idiot, 
madman or fool. A scoffing lodge broth- 
er, a drunkard lodge brother in the lodge 
estimation is held in higher esteem than 
are they. Lodge members call their own 
fathers and mothers and relatives, if out- 
side of their lodge, "cowans" (dogs) or 

The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 
tenth commandments say one shall not 
kill, commit adultery, steal, bear false 
witness or be covetous. The lodge says : 
"Thou shalt kill." Who? Those who 
for conscience sake or otherwise dare 
to retrace their steps and leave the lodge. 
They are traitors and worthy to die. 
The writer of this article is under the 
death penalty, according to their rule, 
but, glory to God, He is able to take 
care of His children at all times. What 
does the lodge say about stealing, adul- 
tery, bearing false witness and being cov- 
etous ? They prohibit these things being 
done to their own circle only. God did 
not limit the commandments to apply 
only to some people. 

The lodge has its own confession of 
faith, conversion, regeneration, and, 
finally, eternal life itself. All lodges, by 
inference or otherwise, teach: "Be true 
to your lodge principles and you will 
be sure of eternal life." The Bible 
teaches differently. It is on this false 
hope that many a human soul meets 
shipwreck. Jesus Christ alone is the 
rock of our salvation. 

Barclay, Kansas, Dec. 2, 191 5. 
I like the way the magazine holds up 
the cruth. R. C. Smith. 

May, 1916. 



I We have the name of this seceder but ha\e 
not his permission to publish it. J 

I was a vile sinner, my heart was as 
black as midnight, full of sorrow and re- 
morse, when I came to Ciod. Societ\- 
thought I was all right. My sins were 
all covered up from my friends, but I 
could not cover them up from the all- 
seeing eye of Ciod. I traveled over the 
country to hnd something to satisfy my 
soul. I sought it in the secret orders, 
I tried it in society, politics and l)usi- 
ness. I went through eight different se- 
cret orders, and finally went into the 
Masonic order. But, after I had en- 
tered and passed and advanced to a 
Master Mason, I felt worse tlian ever. 
So I was determined to get reality and 
continued to climb in that order, hnall\' 
becoming a thirty-second degree Mason, 
a Knight Templar and a Shriner. 1 
reached the top rung of that order and 
the very pit of sin. All the time I was 
going up in that order I was going down 
deeper in sin. 

I sat in that order with the lawyer, 
the doctor, the judge, the banker and, 
sorry to say, the preacher. They did the 
same things I did. But I praise God 
that He revealed unto me my lost con- 
dition and spoke out of Heaven and 
said, "Come out from among them and 
be ye separate." For He showed me 
He was no respecter of persons and 
never turns the blind, halt and maimed 
away. He never taught behind closed 
doors, "neither in secret.'' 

How I praise Ciod for saving my soul 
and taking me out of a life of hypocrisy. 
I^ was very proud, very deceitful. Had 
scores of friends wherever I went, but 
they never told me there was a way out 
of sin. I had my name on a church 
book. I traveled over all the northern 
part of America, wrecking my bod\' in 
sin. I had the friends, the business, ev- 
erything. If any young man could have 
been satisfied wdth the world, I \\as the 

I used to go to the State Senate. I 
sat in the State Capitol and got bills 

But underneath the hue clothes there 
was a black heart and sin, dragging me 
down to hell. I thought T.was a line fel- 
low and drew young men into the Ma- 

sonic order, l)nt I was dragging them to 
hell. .M\- sins were all covered up from 
my friends, but I could not cover them 
np trom the eye of ( jod. lie revealed 
ihem nnto nie a- Me -aw my life. And 
then it \\a> thai I cried out for mercy,, 
confessed my >ins. and lie -a\ed even 

( hie ]\\'^\\\ in a lent meeting I hearcl 
llie obi --lory oi jesns and hi- ](>\e. how 
he came lo bind up the broken heart 
and set the ca])ti\e -otil at libertw I knew 
those peo])le had i-ealit\- ; their faces 
shone like hea\'en. They told me how 
( iod healed them oi all kinds of dis- 
eases. 'Ihal was a wonderful lhin<r to 
me. and I said down in ni\- heart. "That 
is the thing I want."" 1 had been sick 
for fourteen years, doctoring but get- 
ting no better. Doctor- failed to l)ring 
me health. I weighed i kj pounds. I hit. 
praise Ciod. He healed m\- bod\- after 
He saved my soul, and to-da}' i weigli 
i8o ])()unds. 

A\'hen I came to the Christ of Calvar\' 
He gave me that peace and jo>' I had 
longed for, the thing I could not find in 
the loanquet halls and societw He 
healed ni}- bodw when 1 walked the 
streets almost a skeleton, and I stand a 
witness to the power of the Christ of 
C^alvary. I have proved there is a reality 
in this (iospel for "whosoever will." — 
71ic .Ipos^tolic Faith, Portland. ( )re. 

And the Christian Reformed Church. 

Four of the committee appointed on 
labor unions ha\e made their report. 
The other two memljers. it is understood, 
will publish a minoritx' report. The com- 
mittee's report is summarized as follows 
in The Banner : 

'i'he comniittoe decided that menihcrship 
in modern unions, as utiitod in the Ameri- 
can Federation of Labor, is inconi|iatible 
with mendicrship in the church. Idiree rea- 
sons are Q:iven fc^r this jiosition: Fir'^t, that 
these unions are not consistent with the 
organic solidarit>' of societ\"; secondl\-. tliat 
they are at enmit\' \vith the chvine (U'di- 
nances ol" the niiit\ oi the state and the 
authority' of p:o\er!iment and at enmity with 
our national constitution: thirdl>-. that they 
:ire at onmit\' \\ith (iod's Word. 

.Stro!nxl>' as the>' take a stand in opposi- 
tion to unions, ho\ve\er, the committee ad- 
A ises the Synod to lie extremely carefid in 
the application o\ a decision in that spirit. 

The report is sicrncd bv Rev. R. H. Kin- 
\uk. Prof. Klaa- Schoiland. Fdder K. Hek- 
man and Klder \\ rrince. 



Mav, 1916. 

Sottn (Ipmurii AJJams — i^txtli Prrstbntt Vinxtth ^UUb 

The following" letter from John Ouin- 
cy Adams explains the views of his il- 
lustrious father, and of himself, on the 
subject of Freemasonry. It was writ- 
ten in reply to a note from our corre- 
spondent, who is reviewing' Mr. Shep- 
pard's "Defense of the 3.1asonic Insti- 
tution." It may be recollected that I\Ir. 
Sheppard claimed the elder Adams as 
a patron of the order : and our corre- 
spondent took the liberty of addressing 
]\Ir. Adams, asking for information on 
this point. — Bostoii Press. 

Ouincy. 22 August. 1831. 

Sir : — The letter from ni}' father to 
the Grand Lodge of ^lassachusetts, 
which ^Ir. Sheppard has thought proper 
to introduce into his address, was a 
complimentary answer to a friendly and 
patriotic address of the grand lodge to 
him. In it he expressly states that he 
had never been uiitiated in the order. 
He therefore knew nothing of their 
secrets, their oaths, nor their penalties. 
Far less had their practical operation 
been revealed by the murder of William 
^Morgan. Xor had the hand of the 
avenger of blood been arrested for live 
long years — and probably forever — by 
the contumacy of witnesses setting jus- 
tice at defiance in her own sanctuary. 
Xor had the trial of an accomplice in 
guilt marked the influence of otic juror 
under Masonic oaths upon the verdict 
of his eleven fellows. 

That Mr. Sheppard should resort to 
a letter from my father, a professedly 
uniniated man. to liberate the ^Masonic 
institution from the unrefuted charge of 
unlawful oaths, of horrible and disgust- 
ing penalties and secrets, the divulging 
of which has been punished by a mu.rder 
unsurpassed in human atrocity, is to me 
::assing strange. All that my father 
knew of ?^Iasonry in 1798 was that it 
was fazvrable to the support of civil au- 
thority ; and this he inferred from the 
characters of intimate friends of his. and 
excellent men who had been members 
of the society. The inference wa- surely 
natural: but he had never seen the civil 
authority in conflict with ^Masonry itself. 
To speak of the ^lasonic institution as 
favorable to the support of civil author- 

ity at this day, and in this country, would 
be a mockery of the common sense and 
sensibility of mankind. 

^ly father sa}'s he had known the love 
of the fine arts, the delight in hospitality, 
and the devotion to humanity of the ^la- 
sonic fraternity. All these qualities, no 
doubt, then were, and yet are, conspicu- 
ous in man}' members of the society. 
They, and qualities of a yet higher or- 
der, vcere not less conspicuous in the 
Order of the Jesuits. The}' were con- 
spicuous in many of the monastic orders 
— in the Inquisition itself, whose min- 
isters in the verv act of burnino- the 
body of the heretic to death were always 
actuated by the tenderest and most hu- 
mane regard for the salvation of his 
soul. ■ - 

The use of my father's name f<jr the 
jnirposes to which Mr. Sheppard would 
now applv it is an injury to his memory, 
which I deem it my duty, as far as ma}" 
be in my power, to redress. You ob- 
serve he says he had never been initiated 
in the ^lasonic order. And I have more 
than once heard from his own lips -why 
he had never enjoyed that felicity. 

]\Ir. Jeremv Gridley. whom he men- 
tions as having been his intimate friend, 
was grand master of the ]\Iassachusetts 
errand lodg^e. He was also the attornev- 
o-eneral of the Crown when, in October. 
1758. my father, having finished his 
law studies and his school-keeping at 
Worcester, presented himself, a stran- 
ger, poor, friendless, and obscure, to ask 
of him the favor to present him to the 
superior court of the province, then sit- 
ting at Boston, for admission to the bar. 
Mr. Gridley. in his own office, examined 
the vouthful aspirant with regard to his 
professional acquirements : gave him ad- 
vice truly parental and dictated by the 
purest virtue ; and then presented him 
to the court with a declaration that he 
had himself examined him, and could 
assure their honors that his legal re- 
quirements were very considerable, and 
fully worthy of the admission which he 

This kindness of ^Ir. Gridlev was 
never forgotten by my father : t trust 
it never will be forgotten by his chil- 

May, 1916. 



dren. From that day forth, vvliile Mr. 
Gridley lived, he was the intimate friend, 
personal and professional, of ni)' father. 
He died in 1767. My father often re- 
sorted to him for friendly counsel, and, 
as he was grand master of the lodge, 
once asked his advice, whether it was 
worth his while to become a member of 
the society. In the candor of friendship 
Mr. Gridley answered him. No, adding 
that by aggregation to the society a 
young man might acquire a little arti- 
ficial support, but that he did not need 
it, and that there was nothing in the 
Masonic institution worthy of his seek- 
ing to be associated with it. 

So said at that time the General Mas- 
ter of the ^lassachusetts Masons, Jeremy 
Gridley ; and, such, I have repeatedly 
heard my father say, was the reason why 
he never joined the lodge. 

The use of the name of Washington 
to give an odor of sanctity to the insti- 
tution as it now stands exposed to the 
world is, in my opinion, as unwarrant- 
able as that of my father's name. On 
the mortal side of human existence there 
is no name for which I entertain a ven- 
eration more profound than for that of 
Washington. But he was never called 
to consider the Masonic order in the 
light in which it must now be viewed. 
If he had been, we have a pledge of 
what his conduct would have been far 
more authoritative than the mere fact 
of his having been a Mason can be in 
favor of the brotherhood. 

(To be concluded.) 


Fargo, N. Dak., Aug. 10, 1915. 
I certainly want the Cynosirk. It 
should have all the support any one can 
give it. I make use of your tracts in 
my Sunday school Bible class, the mem- 
bership of which is just at the age when 
they need this sort of advice very much. 
I belong to the Lutheran church, and 
you know how they stand ou the lodge 
question. There, however, are congre- 
gations within the Lutheran church which 
admit lodge members and our congrega- 
tion has lodge members. Our ])astor, 
however, is not a man who looks for 
popularity, so he preaches against this 
sin as well as all other sins. T wish 
something could be done to rid our land 
of the lodge curse. C. F. .V.xTwfc k. 


It nia\ be llial the ]jhia>e extrajudicial 
oaths, when applied to secret societ}' ob- 
ligations. con\e\s to some minds an im- 
pression c(|ni\alein lo that derixed from 
the phrase unlawful (jalh>. Neverthe- 
less, they are not e(|ui\alent terms. Help 
for the interpretation lies in the related 
legal phrase, extrajudicial confession. 
All conhdential confessions of guilt, all 
confessions made an}-where sa\e in the 
presence of a magistrate having jurisdic- 
tion over criminal actions, are "extra- 
judicial confessions." I''or this reason 
an incidental confession made in a court 
not having jurisdiction covering criminal 
cases is, likewise, extrajudicial. I'or ex- 
ample, of a co-respondent called t(j tes- 
tify in a divorce session prefers to take 
the chance of possible indictment for 
his crime, rather than of prol)able in- 
dictment for perjury, because in testi- 
fying he denies it, his testimon\- in that 
court thus becomes extrajudicial confes- 
sion. If he is then arraigned in the 
other court, nothing is any longer extra- 
judicial in relation to him. 

This throws light on the necessary 
meaning of the other ]:)hrase. Its sig- 
nificance is less moral than technical. 
The question pertains to jurisdiction. 
No secret society oath is ever taken in 
court ; none has court j)rotection : none 
falls under the jurisdiction of any judge. 
If a member violates every such (Xith 
he takes, no court can indict him. If 
the lodge expels him and denounces him 
as a perjured villain, the court cannot 
sentence him for j^ierjury. Xeither can 
he. on the other hand, be called to ac- 
count for taking an outside oath. 'Hiere 
is, then, no conii)lete condemnation of 
secret (\'iths in nann'nij- them extra- 
judicial. It i> their couiculs that C(M1- 
denm them. 


( )ue o\ the dangers inlKTcnl in orders 
j)rofessing to be religious \ el caret ul to 
avoid being actually Ghristian. is recog- 
nized bv the March (hhi-rcllow Rr- 
■ricw where it says editorially: "'S.^ine- 
times. also, we hear :i i^dod brother, mi- 



May, 1916. 

der the emotion of good of the order or 
the inspiration of degree presentations, 
declare that the fraternity is doing more 
good than the church, or that the lodge 
is good enough church for him. While 
such expressions may be creditable, even 
highly creditable, to a brother's heart 
and kindly instincts, yet the expression 
may pain another brother, who holds the 
church in reverence and is, perhaps, de- 
voted to its service." 

But reahy, now. is disparagement of 
the church of Christ the Savior "highly 
creditable" to anybody's heart? And is 
it the primary or fundamental question 
whether an expression will "pain'' some 
lodge member ? The real question plows 
deeper: Can a worldly institution that 
takes pains to ignore Christ, stand in the 
place of a sacred institution that exalts 
Christ ? Can Christ's church be replaced 
by the world's lodge? Can something 
of which Christ is not the "chief corner- 
stone" displace the church he has loved 
and given himself for? These are some 
of the questions that readily arise ; and, 
though not all that can be urged, they 
show that something deeper, broader, 
and of vaster scope by far than the dis- 
comfort of a lodge member's mind can 
be taken into account in discerning the 
narrowness and shallowness of the 
thought and expression w^hich the Odd- 
Fellozu Reznew superficially blames. 


It being our custom to read and re-- 
read the Scripture in course, by reading 
daily from some English version or from 
the original, we lately came again to the 
thirty-first chapter of Job. It may have 
been partly due to the excellence of the 
painstaking revision, based on the ma- 
turest learning, that one passage ap- 
peared so strikingly impressive. Our own 
])reparation to receive the impression was, 
on the other hand, largely due to those 
from whom we have learned the char- 
acter of that ancient paganism so dear 
to the devotees of the modern secret cult. 
It is after many years of study and re- 
flection, of study and reading that have 
made facts and principles relating to the 
secret order familiar, that we so readily 
catch the idea standing out distinctly in 
this careful translation. For others sim- 
ilarly prepared, we copy the words of 
solemn meaning : ^, 

"If I saw the sun, how it shined, 
And the moon, walking in majesty; 
And ni}- heart in secret was beguiled, 'l 
And my hand my mouth has^ kissed; ■' 
This, too, were a crime tO' be judged: 
T^or I should have been false to Ciod on 


Twenty-one of Columbia University's 
fraternal societies sent representatives 
to a meeting held in February at the call 
of the Dean and the Professor of His- 
tory. The meeting unanimousl}' ap- 
proved a plan of faculty control of in- 
itiation, which includes the following 
features : None but regularly matricu- 
lated Columbia students may be initi- 
ated ; no freshman is eligible until he has 
passed the middle of his hrst semester, 
during which he must have reached an 
average C-D grade, whicli is about sev- 
enty per cent. After the first three weeks 
the fraternities will report their list of 
pledged candidates to the dean, and as 
promptly as possible the imiversity au- 
thorities wdll report whether their aca- 
demic work is satisfactory or deficient. 
To a considerable extent this plan has al- 
ready gone into elTect. and it bids fair 
to relieve the strain which has for years 
been borne. This is not claiming that it 
averts all perils or removes all the ob- 
jections inherent in such organizations. 
Besides the features already mentioned, 
are one or two pertaining to persons reg- 
istered in tlie extension teaching depart- 
ment, which need not be given here in 
detail. It may be said, in general, that 
the plan is obviously ' designed to rec- 
ognize genuine faithfulness in college 
work itself, and thus is definitely related 
to the primary reason why students are 
at any imiversity whether they are in 
fraternities or not. 


"That is what I like least about Ma- 
sonry," remarked a prominent and oi^- 
cial member of a church, just after being 
advanced to a new degree. With his 
wife he had come from a large New 
England village where this advanced de- 
gree was not conferred by the local 
lodge, and had improved the opportu- 
nity aiTorded in the western city they 
were visiting. Years earlier they had 
known an officer of the city lodge be- 

May, 1916. 



fore he left New England, and they re- 
garded him as an inveterate infidel. 
This officer delivered a lodge prayer 
with great impressiveness at the initia- 
tion. Returning to their room after tlie 
ceremony, and telling his wife what a 
part was taken hy their acquaintance, the 
initiate made the comment quoted at the 
beginning. Hypocrisy and profanation 
do, indeed, seem ordinary characteristics 
of a secret order. To "deceive the very 
elect" appears almost a definite aim. 

Of course, there is nothing in the rules 
of the order to hinder such an unbeliever 
from holding any office whatever. Gen- 
uine Christian character, or even intel- 
lectual assent to Christian truth, is no 
necessary qualification. The deacon of 
a lodge, or its chaplain, is no less eligi- 
ble to his office for being a Deist, a Jew, 
a Mohammedan, or even any sort of 
Pagan. When he met this fault under 
such extreme circumstances, and saw it 
in so strong a light, a faithful Christian 
man confessed that this is what he liked 
least in Masonry. 


'T heard a young girl say not long- 
ago: 'Father has gone to his smoker; 
mother has gone to her bridge ; and they 
have left me to go to the devil.' " This 
might be paraphrased : "Father has 
gone to his lodge, mother to hers, and I 
am going to my high school sorority." 
The family thus divided is united in one 
custom. Like father like son, is not an 
invariable rule ; neither is like mother, 
like daughter; but with whatever varia- 
tions and exceptions, it is yet a rule. 
Having never been able to see clearlv 
why secret societies are wonderfully ele- 
vating to men, and even to boys in their 
later teens while they are but recently 
out of preparatory school, and yet are 
deplorable for boys not matriculated, we 
have no right to be surprised when boys 
are ambitious to hasten into joining 
something in the ''Don't you never tell" 
line. Our personal perplexity is intensi- 
fied by the recollection of open literary 
societies that occupied halls of their own 
in the old academy, the work of which 
they notably supplemented. But. of 
course, the world has progressed since 


This year, for the first time, lirown 
University has been ex])erimenling with 
a regulated rushing system which four- 
teen of the twenty fraternities regard as 
satisfactory and worlii accepting for an- 
other year with a few minor changes, 
h'our fraternities disliked tiie method, 
yet did not refuse to consider re\ising it. 
Two societies fully o])pose(l the regula- 
tion at a meeting of the interfraternity 
council. Dean Ransdell still hones that 
a ])lan satisfactory to all can yet be built 
up on the present foundation, and sa\s : 
"Under the old system, rushing and 
pledging began sometimes before the 
freshman reached the campus, and inter- 
fered seriously with his college work at 
a very critical period. During the first 
five weeks of the present semester there 
was under the new scheme practical!) no 
rushing at all. and the freshmen had an 
opportunity to get a good start in their 
college work." There need be no broad- 
er nor more authoritative intimation of 
damage done ])y Creek letter societies 
that interfere seriously with college 
work at a critical period. 


"The Moral Adjustments of the Christian 
Life," by Rev. C. A. Pccrraiii. Ph. D. llic 
\alue of this hook will not he (liscenicd 
hy reading its rather heavy title, hut the 
value is in the hook and will he easil\' dis- 
co\ ered h}' the head of a Christian faniil>- 
or a student of moral questions who shall 
read it. The author is a W'esleyan Metho- 
dist and writes from the doctrinal stand- 
])oint of a Methodist, and lience there are a 
few things with which some will not agree. 
We commend the hook as a whole and be- 
lieve that as 'inan\- as ]nirciiase it will he 
well repaid. Cloth, 2W pages. $1.00. i^iost- 
])aid. For sale h>' the autluir, K. 1-'. H. 5^ 
Rock ford. Illinois. 

Rev. L. W llarrcll. presiding elder o\ 
the U'nited Prelhrcn Church in drand 
Itincti(m. Mich., renewing h\< sid)scrip- 
tion for i(>i(). writer : ""1 am hghting the 
lodges as hard as I am ca])able of donig. 
1 do not see liow I ran i\i^ otherwise and 
lie a trtie man ol ( lod. I ;nn well pleased 
with the C \NOSiKi: ; it gixes me imjtor- 
taiU inf(H-mation which 1 caimot get 
from an\ other source."' 

"tirn care into prayer. 



May, 1916. 

Hems of #ur Porft. 

The Annual Meeting of the National 
Christian Association will be held at 
10:30 A. M., Tuesday, June 6th, 1916, 
in the Reformed Presbyterian church, 
corner 65th Street and Evans Avenue, 
Chicago, Illinois. 

Besides the election of officers, re- 
ports will be given and important busi- 
ness transacted. 

DAVID S. WARNER, President. 

Recording Secretary. 

A pastor of a Reformed and Lutheran 
church in New York state writes, renew- 
ing his subscription to the Christian 
Cynosure for 1916: *'I wish it were 
possible for you or some organization 
or individual to start a weekly paper 
similar to the Menace and light the curse 
of secret orders to a finish. Church 
work here is suffering from the four 
flourishing secret orders. We are doing 
our best to counteract their influence and 
work. A cheap weekly paper would en- 
able us to put a copy into the hands of 
many people who now cannot take or 
distribute the Cynosure. 

The Association formerly printed the 
Lodge Lmnp, a little four-page paper, 
but the number that took advantage of 
the opportunity to distribute something 
that cost but little was very small. We 
suggest that our tracts, which cost on 
an average about one-half a cent apiece 
in large quantities, be used by this broth- 
er and others in the way which he sug- 
gests using a cheap paper. The argu- 
ment for the Bible plan of openness and 
freedom from lodge bondage would be 
carried in the minds of most of the peo- 
ple in any community where this plan 
is pursued year by year ; but there is no 
discharge in this war, or in any war 
against a false religion. While Satan is 
the prince of the powers of the air he 
will have his secret society church on 

Proposed Program. 

The Illinois State Conference will 
meet in the Church of the Brethren", 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois, Saturday, Sunday 
and Monday, May 20 to 22, inclusive. 

After the address of welcome and oth- 
er preliminary exercises, there will be an 
address by Rev. Mead A. Kelsey, Field 
Agent of the National Christian Associa- 
tion. Following this address there will 
be a Question Box and Answers. 

An open parliament will give oppor- 
tunity for short, pointed remarks. This 
will be open to any one present. 

Abe Martin says: ''Speakin' o' na- 
ture fakers, Lafe Bud is an Elk, a 
Moose, a Eagle, a tax ferret an' a night 


Saturday evening, May 20, at 8 o'clock 
after the opening exercises, there will 
be an address by President Charles A. 
lUanchard of Wheaton College. Follow- 
ing his address an opportunity will be 
given for asking questions. 

The Sunday morning service. May 21, 
at 10:30 A. M., will be in charge of Presi- 
dent Blanchard. In the afternoon at 2 :oo 
o'clock, there will be a session addressed 
by Rev. Mr. Kelsey. , A question box 
will permit any one to present matters 
that they may wish to have answered. 
The Sunday evening address at 8 :oo 
o'clock will be in charge of President 

It is expected, if everything is favor- 
able, to hold a business session Monday 
morning, May 22d, to consider the best 
interests of this work throughout the 
state. This will be in charge of Rev. 
Mr. Kelsey, Field Agent. 

The time is a busy one for farmers, but 
we hope that those who cannot attend, 
will at least send a word of greeting and 
such financial help as they may be able 
to give, to Rev. Alead A. Kelsey, Field 
Agent. Cerro Gordo, Illinois. 

May, 1916. 




After six weeks spent in Nebraska I 
returned to Oskaloosa, Iowa, for a brief 
visit on my way to take up the work in 
Illinois. I have not, however, been idle 
here. On Sunday 1 covered a thirty mile 
circuit speaking three times, and later I 
gave an address at the II street h>iends 
church, of this city. 

The Nebraska campaign was some- 
what strenuous. The points visited were 
Lincoln, Central City, Highland View, 
Hastings, Juniata, Kearney, Fairfield, 
Edgar, Nelson, Superior, Shickley, Car- 
lisle, Red Cloud, Guide Rock, Hebron, 
Fairbury, Beatrice, Holmesville, Blue 
Springs, Wahoo and Valley, besides four 
points that are over the line in northern 
Kansas. In all I spoke twenty-three 
times, had many personal interviews, and 
attended to the house to house distribu- 
tion of some 4,500 tracts. 

In addition to that which I rej^orted in 
my last letter, the campaign has been 
productive of some interesting incidents. 
For example, at one place an old man, 
whom 1 had noted as listening very in- 
tently to the discourse, came forward as 
soon as I had finished, to ask about what 
I had said concerning Freemasonry. 
When I had answered his question he 
said pathetically, "Why, I had supposed 
that if a man lived up to the teachings of 
Masonry it would be sufficient." It was 
the old story of misplaced confidence that 
is heard so often that it would be mo- 
notonous if it were not a vital error. The 
next day I wrote him a letter enclosing 
"Stephen Merritt's Experience," and 
urging him to turn to Jesus as his Sav- 

At one place I had an interview with a 
minister who is both a Mason and an 
Odd Fellow, and stands high in official 
rank in one of these orders. He w'as very 
courteous and walling to talk matters over 
and did it with a commendable degree 
of frankness. He freely admitted that 
neither Masonry nor Odd-hVllowship 
would make a man a Christian, but he 
said, and I believe he was sincere, that in 
his judgment men were pre])are(l in these 
orders for the acceptance of Clirist. 1 le 
asserted that in the lodge a man's atten- 
tion was directed to religion and that if 
seme one would take him al the right 

tunc lie conld, al lea^t in most ca>e?>, be 
led on t(j Christ. In ihi^ respect he .^aid 
Masonry and ( )dd- hellowship performed 
the same service as Judaism — the\' led up 
to Christ. 1 replied, and it seemed that 
the Spirit ga\e the answer that it was 
true that Jndaisiii did lead np lo ( lirist 
but when JudaiNUi icjeclcd ( hrist, (j(jd 
rejected Judaism, and we need not think, 
after he has done that, that he i> going 
to acce])t either Masonry or ( )dd-l''ello\v- 
shi]). To this he made no repK and I 
had ho])e that the Spirit confirmed the 
truth ill his soul. I le at least seemed 
willing U) con.sider the matter. One other 
thing that encouraged me was his vol- 
untary statement that the lodge burial 
service almost "got" him. There is hope 
for such a man if he doe.s not >hut his 
eyes to the light. 

Rev. Dr. Knauer. pastor of the Presby- 
terian church in Nelson, related an inci- 
dent at our Conference in Suj^erior that 
confirms what is so well known of the 
corrupt and corrupting inlluence of the 
lodges. A. brother minister who was a 
Mason told him that he \isited the Ma- 
sonic Temple in a certain place on a Sab- 
bath morning to inspect the lodge rooms, 
and that he found Alasons there playing- 
cards and drinking I He was so dis- 
gusted that he declared himself on the 
point of "throwing the whole thing u])." 
But it is not easy to get out of the mesh- 
es of the secret system w hen once en- 
tangled, and just here is a i;)oiiU worth 
treasuring: the greatest work that we 
can do is preventati\e — to keen the \t)ung 
people out ! 

It was because I am so firmlx con- 
vinced that this is where we should lay 
the emphasis ihat 1 esjiecially jirized the 
privilege ot' addressing the students o\ 
Heliron Academw where I was wannl\- 
welcomed l)\ Trot'. 1'. II. lUiehnnu. the 
]:)resident ; and then a,L'ain at Martin 
Luther College. Wahoo, where Fn>l. 
I'onander ga\e me a. cordial welcome 
and an opportnnitv to sj^eak to the stu- 
dents. ri-(»t'. Hollander said that he had 
been roniiected with the iiisiitntinn lor 
lifteeii \ears and that this wa-- the tirst 
address iA the kind that the\ had had in 
that ]>eriod. lie e\i>resse(l his \ cry warm 
a])]n-eciatioii as did also other members 
of the t'aciiltv. 

.NinoiiL; tlu' main new friend< whom I 



May, 1916. 

shall always remember is Rev. B. F. Hes- 
ter of the W'esleyan connection, who met 
me at (uiide Rock in a fierce snow storm 
and took me to his home on the edge of 
Jewel County, Kansas, from which on 
the succeeding' two days, I reached three 
points where I had an opportunity of 
warning the people of the false ways and 
pointing them to Christ as our only hope. 
The Nebraska Conference which is re- 
ported elsewhere in this issue while not 
large. I believe is to prove the biggest 
thing in the Nebraska campaign owing 
to the organization of the work which 
was effected. I have confidence in the 
men who are in the lead and believe that 
Nebraska is to be heard from because 
of them. 


Alead A. Kelsey of Richmond, Indi- 
ana, a minister of the Gospel and Field 
Agent of the National Christian Asso- 
ciation, is present in our meeting to- 
day. His services have been very help- 
ful and acceptable and the meeting 
heartily indorses the work of the Na- 
tional Christian Association which he 

Signed by direction and on behalf of 
A'ermilion Quarterly Meeting of the 
Friends' Church, held at V'ermilion 
Grove. Illinois, February 12, 1916. 

Florence E. Rees, Clerk ; Aurilena 
Ellis. Clerk pro tern. : Anna S. Rees, Cor- 



Again I am permitted to send my re- 
port from the Buckeye state. It was 
while living in Columbus that I met my 
wife. The coming of the bright days 
recalls to mind God's goodness and care 
of us through the years since that occa- 
sion. During my more than thirty years 
of traveling I have never felt it would 
be a real advantage for me to unite with, 
a lodge. He who conducts himself 
properly will not lack for the best of 
friends and he who takes care of his 
money is more apt to have it in time of 
need than the one who intrusts it to a 

While in Boston I participated in 
services of the First Covenanter and 
First United Presbyterian churches. 

where our work has been presented be- 
fore. Returning to New Jersey and New 
Y^ork, I w^as able to fill my appointments, 
though suffering with a severe cold. 
Lectures were given in the Fourth Chris- 
tian Reformed church, Paterson. N. J., 
and the Prospect Avenue Christian Re- 
formed church, Passaic. N. J. The peo- 
ple attended in large numbers and mani- 
fested great interest, w^hich was evi- 
denced by liberal contributions to our 
work. At Passaic a young man of much 
talent, who had been ensnared into some 
lodges, came forward to express his 
thanks and appreciation for the address 
which, he said, gave him a new view of 
the situation. 

Owing in part to a storm my lecture 
in the Brooklyn Zion Norwegian Lu- 
theran church was not largely attended. 
Several thanked me for what they heard 
and I believe good was accomplished. 
Pastor Larson was most cordial and 
helpful. A generous contribution was 
handed to nie. I must not forget the 
good meeting with the yoimg men of 
the Holland \^ M. C. A., Paterson, N. J. 
Through the assistance of Rev. Mr. 
Hoekstra the usual number at the Y. M. 
C. A. meeting was increased. The young 
men seemed to appreciate my address, 
which was somewhat extended and de- 
livered under trying circumstances, my 
throat giving me considerable trouble. 
Surely I may thank God for what I have 
been permitted to accomplish in the east- 
ern district on this trip. 

After the usual brief rest at home I 
started west and spent Sabbath, April 
9th, with Free Methodist friends at 
Uniontown, Pa., where antilodge ad- 
dresses were given morning and evening 
to appreciative audiences. The Free 
Methodist w^ork in LTnion town is new ; 
they have a good church property, a 
good Sabbath school, and the prospects 
are as bright as the promises of God. I 
was sorry to find our brother Durr and 
his good wife at Masontown, Pa., af- 
flicted with pneumonia. Both are im- 

A day at Muskingum College, New 
Concord, Ohio, was well spent. Many 
lectures and antisecrecy conventions 
have been held here in other years. 
President Montgomery is a man of large 
vision. Many new buildings for the col- 

Alay, 1916. 



lege have been erected and as many more 
planned for, as the student body is ccjn- 
stantly increasing. Professors I'aden, 
Gray, Graham and friends of other )'ears 
were very cordial. The Gynosukk list 
was increased here by hve. Rev. John 
Coleman, pastor of the Covenanter 
church and instructor in the college, has 
recently delivered a very excellent ad- 
dress on the lodge ([uestion. At my sug- 
gestion that a lecture might be helpful. 
Brother Coleman replied that he felt 
entirely competent to meet the needs of 
his people on that line, if all ])astors 
were as well prepared and faithful as 
he, what an easy time your Eastern Sec- 
retary would have! I am often amused 
at the inquiry of the children. Brother 
Coleman's little girl, some four years of 
age, came to me with the inquiry, "What 
did you come here for?" At a Alen- 
nonite home a little boy about the same 
age, after looking me over ver\' care- 
fully, asked, "Why do you wear your 
Sunday pants on week days?" Such 
([uestions indicate minds that want to 
know. It is not likely that they will be 
led blindly into some lodge. I am writ- 
ing at Zanesville, Ohio. Pastor Weber 
of the Lutlieran church here has adver- 
tized me to address a Men's League 
meeting in his church this evening, 
April 13th. A good time is anticipated. 
The lodge question is much discussed 
here now\ We are praying and trusting 
some will be delivered from the snare. 

A letter just received states T am ex- 
pected to speak in the Radical United 
Brethren church, Delaware, Ohio, Sab- 
bath evening, April i6th. Other meet- 
ings are being arranged. 

It is my intention to remain in the 
West until the Annual Meeting in June 
at Chicago. Any wishing me to help 
them may reach me through ilic 
Cynosure office. 


RV.V. V. j. I).\\ [DSON. 

Since my last letter \ attended a ses- 
sion of the Louisiana I'reedmen's lUi]:)- 
tist Association in Xew Orleans. None 
of my appointments there materialized. 
Although I did not get an ()i)])()rtunity 
to address the Association, as I had been 
invited to. T held several conferences 
with leadini:' brethren and secured sev- 

eral (^'xosL•Rl•: subscribers. Most of the 
nn'nisters of this Association are ardent 
lodgemen and can see no evil in being 
unecjuall) yoked together with drunk- 
ard^. liars, gamblers < >v nlher sinner- in 
the secret lodge empire. 'J1ie hVeed- 
nien's Association \\a- largcl} attenrled 
bv ministers and laxmcn. 'I'heii- rei)orls 
showed marked |)r()gresv aloni^ all lines, 
and esj)ecially was the rej^ori i>i the 
Cfjmmittee on the ( )ld I'olk-" and < )r- 
])hans' homes encouraging. Kew l-. 11. 
( 00k, a leader and organizer oi' many 
secret kjdges, seems to wield almost 
plenar\ powers in this Association. 

I^^roni -Xew ( )rleans 1 weiU to Alton 
and St. Joe, but unfavorable weather 
])revente(l ha\ing services. The next 
day 1 went to Slidell, where 1 wa> i)astor 
in 1901 and [902. [ called on old 
friends, secured a few Cnnosuri-: readers 
and departed for Covington, where I 
was met b\- Rev. 11. (i. Randle. a deaccjn 
under my ])astorate at St. Mathew ilajj- 
tist chnrch. Xew ( )rleans, more than 
twenty years ago. who escorted me to 
his house of worship. There I found 
twelve or fifteen holiness white brothers 
and sisters with their i)astor. who 
preached a soul-stirring gosj)el sermon. 
For eleven da}s and nights I labored 
faithfully in an effort to \\in precious 
souls for Christ's Kingdom. We had 
from five to fifteen of the white holiness 
brethren and >isters out regularly, but 
to my surprise sometimes there were only 
three or four negroes, and at no time 
were -there more than fifteen negroes out 
at any one service. There was a negn^ 
hypnotist exhibiting at the hall during 
the first week, who pretended to inrn 
water to \\-ine. make snako lay hens" 
eggs, chew iron, eat tire and do many 
other sleight-of-hand prank:-. The last 
night oi our ser\ ices the A. M. \\. pas- 
tor canvassed from house to house and 
distributed circulars urging e\ery one to 
come to bis church that night and wit- 
ness "the most reni.'n kable and in>iruc- 
li\e eiilerl.iinnieiil e\er gi\en in l^)\ing- 
loii."' 1 .am informed that between tour 
and li\e hnndred negrtK's and whites 
]'acked the A. .M . \\. church. This par- 
ah zed our re\i\al meeting. It is a pit>" 
that the only \ahie S(^me niini-lers pkace 
on men'-- souls is that ot dimes and cents. 
Next 1 waMit to I.ewisbnrg and met 



May, 1916. 

Deacon R. G. Burrell. who had made 
previous arrangements for me to preach. 
I met liere a number of my old parish- 
ioners from Xew Orleans. Mandeville 
and ronchatoula. I both preached and 
lectured here and received good atten- 
tion. There were many responses and 
a good collection was taken. I next 
went to Houltonville and preached to a 
packed house. About fifteen came for- 
ward for pra}"er. 

Crossin"" the Tchfuncta river in a 
skitt. I preached at Hopewell Baptist 
church at ]\Iadisonville and lectured to 
the public school children, presided over 
by 3»Iiss Walker, the principal. The 
Third District Baptist Association owns 
ten acres of land here and has in course 
of erection a very commodious school 
building. This school was originally 
founded by the writer when at Mande- 
ville in 1902, at wdiich time he was 
President of the Third District. Ground 
Avas bought and paid for, the foundation 
and cornerstone laid, and then a lawdess 
band broke down the foundation and 
carried the stone away. After I went 
to Tacoma, W^ashington, the ground 
was sold in Mandeville and the school lo- 
cated at Aladisonville. I next visited 
Mandeville and Alton and preached at 
each point. The "African Zulu'' magi- 
cian had an exhibition of fire-eating, etc., 
in the A. AL E. church at Mandeville, 
which again greatly hindered attendance 
at our meeting. Secret societies are 
strong at each of these points and are 
increasing. All of the churches in Man- 
deville and Covington among negroes are 
spiritually dead, and why not, w^hen 
they resort to shows and every imag- 
inable evil to raise money? On Sunday, 
March 26th, I saw three preachers each 
harangue and lift a collection, at the 
A. ]\1. E. church in Houltonville. They 
raised a combined collection of $7.05, 
and the one wdiose collection was the 
largest of the three was presented wnth 
a penknife. How can people with such 
trifiing leadership hope to escape the 
damnation of hell? 

I was suddenly called from xA^lton to 
the bedside of Mrs. Davidson, who has 
been dangerously ill for twenty days. 
However, I held a ministers' institute 
at St. Paul Baptist church, White Castle, 
Rev. A. L. Davis, pastor, April 6th to 
9th. The attendance was very small, 

partly due to the sudden change in the 
weather, but largely due to the opposi- 
tion of the secret lodge and saloon ele- 
ment, who ceaselessly oppose every pub- 
lic attempt I make to hold meetings in 
til is community. The few who did at- 
tend the meeting declared themselves 
greatly strengthened and benefited. Ow- 
ing to Mrs. Davidson's serious condition 
I am compelled to cancel all future en- 
gagements until she shows improvement. 
A few lines of encouragement addressed 
to us, care of Lock Box 223, White 
Castle, La., w^ill be greatly appreciated. 
We ask for the prayers of the saints in 
this gloomy hour. God be praised. His 
truth is marching on. Another young 
preacher said to me yesterday that he 
was thoroughly convinced of the wick- 
edness of secret societies and that he 
had decided to withdraw^ from them. 
Praise God. Let the good work con- 


I left home on the 27th of March to 
visit the State Holiness meeting at Hunt- 
ington, Arkansas, a little coal mining 
town fifteen miles west of Little Rock. 
W^e had a meeting on the street every 
evening and at night the house w^as 
crowded w'ith whites and blacks. I never 
saw people get so stirred up in a meeting 
as these did. 

God, through his strength, let me stir 
the little mining town of Huntington. 
The people all belong to lodges, with a 
few exceptions. Some of them did not 
want the tracts because they spoke 
against their lodges, but there were many 
"good ground" hearers. (Luke 8:15.) 
They had honest hearts ; they received 
the W^ord and kept it. There w^ere 
eighteen saved in the meeting, some of 
whom w^ere gamblers. One woman who 
came to the altar had killed another 
woman just three weeks before we came 
to Huntington. She was jealous of this 
woman and her husband. She did not 
know anything wrong with the woman 
and she said she did not know what 
made her kill her. Her lodges helped 
her out of trouble. The lodge people 
did not like the tracts, but I made the 
Scripture so plain that they said, "The 
Bible is right and we do help people 
wdien they ought to go to the jail." 

I left Htmtington for Fort Smith, 

May, 1916. 



Arkansas, where I began services the 
night 1 got there and taught day and 
night. 1 gave out the tracts and they 
stirred up the Devil. In Fort Smitii l)oth 
the white and colored peo])le came out in 
large numbers. 

Last Saturday night I had (juite a 
number of white people out and 1 sliowed 
them the rituals. One great Ijig burly 
black man snatched the ^lasonic ritual 
out of my hand and said to mc, '■Where 
did you get that book? Did }-ou come 
by it honestl}- or did \'ou steal it?" I 
snatched the book out of his hand and 
told him to sit down, and 1 would gladl}' 
tell him where I got the books. Elder 
Pegues made him keep quiet and I told 
him how I first came to get these tracts 
and books through Sister S. E. Bailey 
of Dermott, Arkansas. She saw that the 
lodge was sapping the spiritual life out 
of the church and sent to the X. C. A. 
and got 400 tracts, which she put in my 
hands to leave at every home in my 
house to house visits. From that time 
on I have fought the secret work of the 
Devil and I intend to fight the Devil un- 
til I die. When I got through explain- 
ing to him I sat down and a wdiite min- 
ister got up and said, "\\'hat the sister 
said is right, as is proven b}- Ps. i, and 
II Cor. 6:14-18." The big mad fellow 
got up and walked across the church 
and pointed his finger in the white 
preacher's face and told him. "You are a 
man like me, and I won't take off you 
what I wdll take ofi:' this woman." He 
was so mad that the white preacher sat 
down and begged his pardon. I got u]) 
and told the whole congregation that 
Jesus sent me to condemn sin and I am 
going to cry against sin till death. I 
said. I am ready to die to-night if need 
be for mv blessed Savior, and the wom- 
en, white and black, just screamed at 
the top of their voices, with their hands 
raised to heaven. Then we all knelt 
down in |)rayer and the angry man went 
down on his knees while we were pray- 
ing, but when the service was closed T 
left him still talking about fighting to a 
crowd who were standing up for the 
Word of God. I went on to the place 
where I was stop])ing and prayed for the 
poor, blind, sinful brother that ( iod 
might save him from the secret work of 
the Devil. The women thoui^dit I '\\(Mi1d 

be killed that night, but ( Icjd i>rc'>«cr\ed 
my lite, and to-day 1 am in Kedland, 
( )klah(jma. Die peoi)le canic < an more 
than e\er after tlie great upr(jar. We 
liad ni» more trouble, praise tin- Ford. 

Fizz 11- l\()r,i:K-().\. 


i lia\"e just returned from a trip to 
Jones, Fa. Prior to thi> I had a two 
weeks' meeting at Portland. Ark. Tlie 
peo])le there had not been taught the 
truth. ( )ne dealer had had a <tack of 
IJibles on hand for J5 year.- and could 
not sell them, but after the Word of < iod 
had o])ened the eyes of the i)eo])le, this 
man sold fort\ liibles within two week-, 
it is said. 

I am preaching h(jlines> unto ( kxI and 
separation from sin and am telling the 
people to be separate, as ( iod sa\s : 
"Come out of her m\- peojMe that ye Ijc 
not partakers of their sins and that ye 
receive not of her plague>.'" (j Cor. 
6:14-18.) "Make no covenant with 
them," (Deut. 7:2), ''but fear ( lod and 
give glory to Him." (Rev. 14:7-10.) I 
spoke against the lodges and the preach- 
ers challenged me to attend a council to 
prove the doctrine of separation. ( hie 
man, a ]:)rofessor, said that, if he thought 
the lodge stood between him and heaven, 
he would give up the lodge. ( )n hearing 
this I sent him a copy of CAxosikk with 
my Scripture letter, and other literature. 
Interest is keyed up to a high pitch : both 
white and colored being stirred a,- never 
before. Some of the white folk <aid they 
had just about concluded that the I'ible 
was a dead letter until they heard thi< 
doctrine of sanctification or :^al\ation 
from sin. 

Eld. Ci. P.. CK(h Ki:rr. 

Dermott. .\rk. 


Argenta. .\rk.. Icb. _\v- 1016. 
Dear Cvxosi'kk : 

After two month- of hard lighting 
against wickedness in .Mcmphi-. Tennes- 
see, we coiKpicrcd. Ihc preacher and 
some of the church members were saved. 
The\- said tluw could not see h(n\ they 
could (|uit their lodges and their insur- 
ance, but. thank the Ford, he <aved them 
from their sins. The iK^ojile tried to 
star\e nie oiU. but could no\ \ov ]c<u> 



May, 1916. 

has said that if he was for us, who could 
be against us. So the Lord fed me. He 
let me find a few dimes on the street and 
sent me $i.oo right in the time of need. 
Glory to Jesus. I left Memphis on the 
15th of Februar}-. Many were sad to 
see me leave ; many did not care, but 
thank God, the preacher is saved and 
now he can look after the rest. 

I am now in Argenta. Arkansas, and 
find the same old Devil here. I find 
him everywhere. Sister Lizzie Rober- 
son is doing good work and we are fight- 
ing sin together. Pray for us that our 
few days' stay here may be blessed of 
God. Yours in the work of the Lord, 

Hannah Chandler. 

The same gentleman was chairman of 
the floor committee of the last Odd-Fel- 
low's New Y'ear's b^ll.'' 


[Quoted verbatim ct literatim^ 

Alex Okla, March 22, 1916 
National Christian Association. 

850 W. Madison St, - ■ , 

Chicago 111. 

Who Ever you Are : — Of all the rot- 
ten things that has come out of the rot- 
ten city of Chicago, your pamphlet, 
which you sent me on freemasonry is 
the most rotten. Y^ou call yourselves 
christians. You are ignorant of the first 
principles of Christianity. If your clan 
had some of the penalties of freemason- 
ry applied to you this country would be 
better ofi^. I would like to tell you what 
I think of you, but the time would be 
wasted. I sure the Lord will consign 
your souls to blackest regions of hell, 
for there and there only can you sufl^er 
sufficiently for your hypocracy. 

Y^ours truly, 

(Signed) J. C. Weaver. 

Prin. Alex High School, 

J. C. Y^oung, Digolia, Pa., writes: 
"During a recent revival an intelligent 
business man, an CJdd-Fellow, said to me 
that he had grown spiritually during the 
meetings. He was astonished when I 
told him that, according to the ritual of 
his order, his brother Odd-Fellow, a 
gambler, drunkard or what not, would 
get to the Od-Fellow heaven as well as 
he, if both paid their dues and kept the 
covenant. I asked him what necessity 
there is for Christ if Odd-Fellow salva- 
tion is true. He said he had never looked 
at it that way ; he conceded the point. 


The Nebraska Conference of the Na- 
tional Christian Association met in the 
Opera House at Superior on April 6th 
and /th. While there were not a large 
number in attendance, yet the interest 
taken by those present and the deep con- 
viction of the speakers as to the anti- 
christian character of the secret lodge 
system went to show that foundations 
were being laid for active work in Ne- 

A strong organization was afi^ecetd, 
the ofiicers of the Nebraska branch of 
the National Christian Association be- 
ing: Rev. F. E. Allen, President; Rev. 
H. D. Michael, ist Vice-President; 
Rev. Clarence Weston, Secretary ; Rev. 
Edgar Rothrock, Treasurer. 

Seven denominations w^ere represented 
at the Conference. The themes discussed 
by the speakers were ably handled. The 
following helped make the Conference 
a success by delivering addresses: Rev. 
J. W. Bernley, Ph. D., Jewell, Kansas ; 
Rev. F. E. Allen, Superior, Nebraska; 
Field Agent, Mead A. Kelsey ; Rev. B. 
F. Hester, Burr Oak, Kansas ; Rev. Ed- 
gar Rothrock, Carlisle, Nebraska ; Rev. 
Clarence Weston, Alma, Nebraska; and 
Rev. F. C. Holbrook, Superior, Ne- 

Pastor F. E. Allen took good care of 
the delegates in providing for their en- 
tertainment ; his smiling face and open- 
hearted manner won the good will of 
all. He will undoubtedly make an ex- 
cellent President of the Nebraska Chris- 
tian Association. 

Field Agent Kelsey engineered the af- 
fairs of the Conference with great wis- 
dom and tact, his one desire being that 
everything might be done to the glory 
of God. We were delighted to meet a 
number of delegates from Kansas ; 
Brother B. F. Hester, a former Wes- 
leyan minister, livened up the conven- 
tion with pungent sayings. He is a good 
farmer, but we think he is a better 
preacher. • • " 

Field Agent Kelsey made the closing 
address, his subject being "The Conclu- 

May, 1916. 



sion of the Whole Matter," after which 
the Conference adjourned. A new force 
has been created in Neljraska for the 
spiritual good of the people. May (lod 
bless and prosper it. 

Clarence Weston, Secretary. 


Omaha, Nebraska, Ai)ril 4, Kjif). 

Last fall, during- one of our morning 
home ])rayer meetings in connection Avith 
the "Sunday" cam]jaign here, a lad\- 
said that she thought her husband was 
ready to join the church now as he had 
joined the Masons and added : "( )nc 
has to be a 'believer' in order to be a 
Mason." I have known the man for 
over 25 years and never knew him to 
be a professing Christian or church at- 
tendant, and I do not know yet whether 
he has become a church member. If 
the Masonic lodge drew men to the 
church it would be a good thing, but I 
pity the church which receives members 
with no more religion than the lodge 

At another meeting of the same kind 
a woman who w^as doing personal work 
at the tabernacle said she Avould like to 
know if a man. when he joined the Ma- 
sons, thereby became a Christian ; she 
said that she had approached a man on 
the night that the Masons w^ere there in 
a delegation and asked him if he was 
a Christian. For an answer he pointed 
to his Masonic emblem on his coat. She 
said, ''Well, are you a Christian?" and 
he answered in a non-committal way that 
he was "all right." She then spoke to 
his wife, and he seemed cjuite annoyed 
and said she was all right, too. The 
worker said that, from the way he acted 
that, she did not believe that he was a 
Christian and was puzzled. I was so 
glad I knew something on the subject 
and said as much as I could without of- 
fending anyone, for I knew many of the 
women's husbands were ]\Fasons. One 
woman said that her husband was a 
Mason, but he believed it was necessary 
to accept Christ to be saved. 

I am told that a man \\h(^ is a 33'' 
Mason was cjuite indignant at Mr. Sun- 
day W'hen he urged the Masons (on their 
special night) to come forward and ac- 
cept Christ, for, this Mason said, "that 
was all settled when the\ loined the 

lodge." Then they turn right around 
and .sjjeak of a man as ncn being a Chri.>^- 
tian whom 1 know to be a Mason. 

A I riend nt nnne. who never \\a- a 
cluircli member but {•> a go«jd woman, and 
who. I think, ronsider.s herself a Chris- 
tian, is a nuni])er of the h'astern ."^tar 
and sa\s it is the •-ame as the churclt, 
onl}- they ha\'e no jjreachcr. Ii is false- 
ideas ol religion snch as the-e which 
are the worst feature^ of the lodge s\"s- 

A man who uslicred at the tabernacle 
said that the Masons were the hardest 
to reach for C hi-ist. A i'resbvterian 
minister who is a Knight Templar t(jld 
me that he never knew a man to accei)t 
Christ after becoming a Knight Tem- 

in Acts 21. I*aul is sup])Osed to ha\-e 
acted unwisely in joining the four men 
in the tem])le who had a vow. and when 
L read in the 22(1 chapter (ji the forty 
wh(j ])ande(l themselves together with 
vows I thought that the business is not 
modern. II Cor. 6:14 is a command as 
often violated as any in the Ihljle. and 
read in connection with I John 2:4. 15. 
16, 22 becomes especially aj)plicable to 
an organization which heralds to the 
world its faith in (iod and which we 
know will have none of Christ. 

blow can ministers and Christians be 
so blinded? The men in this light are to 
be commended because it is so unpoi)u- 
lar. ^lav Cod be w itli the work i< my 
prayer. ^Frs. W. 

Lincoln. Xebraska. April f>, i()H). 

Understanding the character of the<e 
secret societies from the standpoint o\ 
the T*)ible, we should have a deep con- 
cern as we see the thousands rushing 
into their membershij). It is a kindness 
t(^ keep people from joining the Masonic 
and other lodges and to get those who 
ha\e alreadx joined tt> lea\e them, li 
the lodge time and lodge mone\- o\ pro- 
fessiing Christians were spent in the 
seiwice of Christ, it wouM mean mncli 
for the Cause we lo\e. 

In a meeting some \ears agii I >poke 
agaiiisl the idea o\ I'hristians being 
members i^\ these secret societies, and 
a man who professed to be a C'hristiaii 
said that he had lielped numerous wid- 
ows throuL-h the l )dd-lA'llows" lodge. I 



May, 1916. 

replied that that was the trouble, since 
he did it in the name of the lodge rather 
than in the name of Christ. The Bible 
says. "'And whatsoever ye do in word 
or in deed, do all in the name of the 
Lord lesns, eivino- thanks to God the 
Father through Him." ( Colossians 

Freemasons are slaves to fear. I have 
sent antimasonic tracts with letters or 
brief n.otes to a number of ministers and 
others who were Masons. In so far as 
I recall I never received an answer from 
one who was an adhering Mason. Some 
of these men I knew well and would call 
friends. They would not treat a com- 
munication on any other subject in that 
way. The sheepish look on the faces of 
some of these men when I met them 
later was pitiful. I have also handed 
tracts to ]\Iasons, and the one giving the 
oaths, as a rule, they really seem to fear. 

Once, while conversing with a Chris- 
tian man who had left the Masons, I 
remarked that he would not wish to pub- 
licly reveal the secrets of Alasonry on 
the street, and he replied, "I wouldn't 
want them to tear me all to pieces." He 
said it with earnestness, and his body 
shook as he spoke. What if members 
of the Christian churches should have 
such a fear of revealing matters consid- 
ered in their church business meetings! 
There are matters that come up in 
home and church life that it is our duty 
not to tell abroad, but death penalty 
oaths to keep them secret are wrong. 

We have no right to be discouraged 
in this work. I recall a conversation on 
Freemasonr)^ in which a man said he did 
not wish to take part against the Ala- 
sons because 'They are too powerful." 
A Christian lady present promptly re- 
plied, "Lessen their power!" Yes, and 
that is just what this antilodge effort 
does if it is made prayerfully and in 
the Holy Spirit. It helps to keep the 
best men out of the lodges, and undoubt- 
edly restrains some who do join from 
committing criminal deeds. 

As Christians it is ours to show cour- 
age in this work. Jesus said: "Be not 
afraid of them that kill the body." (Luke 
12:4.) Then we certainly should not 
fail to do our full duty on account of 
any fear. When we see thousands upon 
thousands of men dying upon the battle- 

fields of Europe in carnal warfare, wg 
surely should not shrink in this spiritual 
warfare from declaring the whole coun- 
sel of God, no matter what the cost. 

John L. AIarshall, Jr. 
Pastor, Gospel Tabernacle. 

Gem, Kansas, April 3, 1916. 
I am glad such a movement is taking 
hold in Nebraska and I shall earnestly 
pray for this session, and that the time 
may come when lodgism will be put 
down, the same as is now being done 
with liquor traffic. May the Lord bless 
the^ entire session is the prayer of your 
servant. (Rev.) Perry E. Henry. 

Hastings, Nebraska, March 2y, 1916. 

Secret societies are a hindrance to the 
cause of Christ from everv angle of in- 
fluence. All the good they accomplish 
can be performed without belonging to 
them. God has designed that our re- 
ligious and moral obligations be per- 
formed through the Church that he 
may receive the glory. ( Eph. 3:21.) 
And the evil they promote cannot be le- 
gitimately linked in fellowship with 
Christianity and good morals. 

William J. Whaley. 

Bostwick, Nebraska. 
Li my first year in the ministry, 29 
years ago, I was solicited to join one 
of these fraternities, but decided that I 
could not divide my allegiance, time and 
means, but that the Church that our 
blessed Savior bought with His own pre- 
cious blood demanded them all. 

(Rev.) George W. Verity. 

Hebron Academy, Hebron, Nebraska. 

April 4, 1916 

Allow me once more to express our 
appreciation of your recent visit to our 
school and especially of the address you 
delivered to our student body. LTndoubt- 
edly you are pursuing the right policy in 
endeavoring particularly to reach and to 
influence as many young people as possi- 
ble ; for if we succeed in firmly con- 
vincing our young people of the follies, 
the dangers and the wrongs of Secretism 
the future will take care of itself, though 
the present may appear to some of us to 
offer almost insurmountable difficulties. 
The lodges make special effort to get 

May, 1916. 



the younger men and women into their 
organizations ; let us make special efforts 
to keep them out! 

P. H. BuEHRiNG, Pres. 

Secretary's Minutes. 

The Pennsylvania State Convention of 
the National Christian Association held 
its annual session in the Clnu'ch of the 
Brethren huilding at Hanover, Thursday 
and ITiday, March 6 and y, 19 if). 

The Thursday evening session was 
opened with prayer by Professor Ralph 
W. Schlosser, of Elizahethtown College. 

Rev. P. C. Whitmore, pastor of tlie 
Convention church, delivered the address 
of welcome, in wdiich he assured the 
visitors and community of a hearty co- 
operation on the lodge question on the 
part of himself and his church. Presi- 
dent j. W. Burton responded to the 
address with words of encouragement, 
saying that light can be shut out Init can- 
not be shut in ; that pioneers in reform 
movements must stand in the open and 
forefront of the battle and that there is 
hope of reward in persistent effort. 

"A Threefold Indictment of the Se- 
cret ( )rders" was the theme of an ad- 
dress b}- Rev. Adam Murrman and was 
based upon the eleventh chapter of Jude. 
Rev. ]\lr. Murrman said that Cain, 
Balaam and Core were as religious as 
many are to-day, just as lodge members 
are religious. None were grossly im- 
moral but failed in a vital point — theirs 
was not God's way. 

Cain's sin was in the bloodless sacri- 
fice he offered. He rejected the divine 
w^ay upon which he was presumably in- 
structed, and took his own way. Idis 
sacrifice appeals to the natural unregen- 
erate man as being more aesthetic and 
reasonable and less humiliating than the 
sacrifice of blood. The religion of Cain 
.and of lodges are identical. The Lamb 
which taketh awa)- the sins of the world 
is not \Nanted, the l)lood is si)nrncd. 

Balaam was incited to idolatry as a 
result of his covetousness. He rcj^re- 
sents the compromise walk from which 
we are told to separate ourselves. (2 
Cor. 6:14.) The church-lodge man can- 
not be an intelligent and consistent mem- 
ber of the church and lodge at the same 
time. The dual life is spiritual ad-ultery 

and those living it tend UKjrc and more 
to forsake and despise tlie church and 
cleave t(j and lo\f the- lodge. 

Core attempted to in-tilute a prie>tlv 
order without dixinc authoritx. lie an*! 
his followers wanit-d the h(jn<jr and title 
ot ()[\\c(^ witbont the consecration, dedi- 
cation and ^acrilicc necc-^ar\' tliereto. 
Cores sin was m a]j])roaching ( iod iii 
worship willunn llu; necessary attendant 
holiness. The- lodge has in manv in- 
stances a profane, lewd, ,Lioflle->s indixid- 
ual as their "m(jst wajr-hipful ma--ter."' 
In the tabernacle w ith it^ attendant t\pes 
and less(jns we ha\e the altar of sacri- 
iice representing the 1)1o(k1 of Chri-t 
which Cain and the lodges ign(;re ; the 
brazen laver rei)resenting holiness anrl 
purity which l^alaam and lodges com- 
promise for mercenary advantages ; and 
the altar of incense which re])resenled 
true worship which ('ore and hjdges ig- 
nore in that they den\- Christ the medi- 
ator l)etw'een (iod and man. 

The Priday nionnng session wa< 
opened by devoti(jnal exercises, led by 
Rev. A. M. Punk, after which letter,- t(j 
the convention were read. The letters 
gave evidence of acti\e interest in anti- 
secret work. 

The State Work Comnnttee made >ev- 
eral recommendations which were 

New State Officers. 

The following were elected as Stale 
ofiicers for the ensuing xear: President, 
Rev. T. H. Acheson.^1). D.. Pittsburgh. 
Pa.: A'ice-President. Kev. W. W. 
Spiker. Ikitler. !\i.: Secretar\-, Rew J. 
C. \N . L)eam, Johnstown. I'a.: Treas- 
urer, Rev. A. (i. Domheim. I-reedom. 

Rev. Enos 11. Mess then addres-ed the 
conxention on the " .\iani testations of 
the Antichrist. ■■ Me said that ('hrist 
made man'- redenii)tion possible by his 
death and re-uneclion. and man se- 
cnu'cs redeni])lion through i-epentance. 
failli and obedience. The antichrist 
from time lo lime h.i- protessed to ^^\- 
fer redem])lion to ni;in Iw warious meth- 
od.- and >>\ stems, and w ill continue lo do 
so until ("hiist comes again. Some ot 
these m.mifestations o\ the antichrist .are 
Mohanmiedani-ni. ( atholici-m. Kri.slma- 
nun"ti of India a- ch.unpioned by Tho- 
osophists. the Secret lodge, (christian 



May, 1916. 

Science. Education unduly exalting the 
intellect, and the New Theology cham- 
pioned h}- men like Rev. R. J. Campbell, 
ex-President Elliot, etc. 

There will come a real Antichrist 
whose influence and power will be world- 
wide and who will be accepted by the 
Jews cTo^"^^"^ 5-43).< but who will finally 
be OA'erthrown by Christ when He shall 
come again to set up his kingdom upon 
the earth. 

'"Lodge Titles" was the subject of an 
address by Rev. G. P. Seibel, Lancas- 
ter, Pennsylvania, who said that names 
and titles are intended to indicate the 
character of the object named. Owls 
prowl around in the dark ; they shut 
their eyes to the light of the sun ; they 
are good at keeping secrets. Moose are 
much desired in the hunt so they should 
be hunted out and given the truth. Dogs 
have their place given them in Revela- 
tions 22:15. Eoxes and eagles are crea- 
tures of prey. Some even call them- 
selves snakes, which are the embodiment 
of evil and crawl upon the earth by vir- 
tue of the curse that is upon them. 
Should we, therefore, assume that those 
who select such appellations for them- 
selves have chosen appropriate names? 

Alany of the names appropriated by 
lodges possess a sacredness that makes 
their common use a sacrilege. For in- 
stance, "most worshipful master,'' "most 
eminent grand high priest," etc. Chris- 
tians should aim to be worthy of being 
named "sons of God" by a spiritual birth 
through Jesus Christ. 

"The Bible and the Lodge" was dis- 
cussed by Air. John S. White in the sim- 
plicit}^ and power of the Spirit. Nu- 
merous cjuotations from the Bible proved 
the lessons he was teaching and showed 
that the lodge is diametrically opposed 
to the principles of right living as set 
forth in God's Word. 

Rev. A. M. Funk addressed the con- 
vention on the topic, ''Are Secret So- 
cieties Dangerous?" He said that lodges 
are dangerous because they conflict with 
the three divine institutions : the Fam- 
ily, State and Church. The sanctity of 
the home is often destroyed; justice is 
miscarried by virtue of undue lodge in- 
fluence ; church finances rim low because 
the money of its members goes to main- 
tain lodge bancjuets ; the new birth is no 

longer considered a work of the Holy 
Spirit, but a matter of initiation and the 
payment of dues. 

Rev. \\\ B. Stoddard gave a chart 
talk on "Alasonic Institutions," illustrat- 
ing how a man is made a Alason. 

At this time the Committee on Reso- 
lutions submitted their report, which 
was adopted. 

The closing session of the conven- 
tion was opened with devotional exer- 
cises conducted by Elder Daniel Bowser, 
of York, Pennsylvania. 

Professor Ralph W. Schlosser, of 
Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania, 
gave his address on "Slime Pits of the 
Vale of Siddim." He said that these 
slime pits were filled with stagnant wa- 
ter and so could not be seen until the 
armies had rushed into them. There 
are the slime pits of the streets, slime 
l^its of literature, slime pits of business, 
slime pits of sensuality and slime pits of 
the saloon. These are condemned by 
common sense, science, public opinion 
and b)^ God. There are, moreover, the 
slime pits of Secrec}^, which are also con- 
demned by common sense, public opin- 
ion and by God. His main objection to 
the lodge is that it is opposed to Jesus 

A short talk was given by Rev. W. B. 
Stoddard on "Conclusion of the Whole 
A'latter," which closed the convention. 
. Enos H. Hess, Secretary. 

In the state of Massachusetts one 
Odd-Fellow in every one hundred mem- 
bers was suspended in the year 191 5 for 
the common secret society reason, "non- 
payment of dues." "N. P. D." is al- 
ways a close second to the "Fool Killer." 

Know thou, my heart, if thou art not 
happy to-day thou shalt never be happy. 
To-day it is given to thee to be patient, 
unselfish, purposeful ; to be strong, eager, 
and to work mightily ! If thou doest 
these thins^s, and doest them with a 
grateful heart, thou shalt be as happy as 
it is given man to be on earth. — Haver- 
gal. ■ . . 

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materials of discipline for the highest 
heaven. — Robertson. 

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Jr., J. M. Moore, Thomas C. McKnight, 

D. S. Warner, J. H.' B. Williams, P. A. 

Kittelsby and M. P. F. Doermann. 


Those desiring lectures or addresses 
rnay write to any of the speakers named 
below : 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, 31 18 Fourteenth 
St., N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Rev. Mead A. Kelsey, 221 College 
Ave., Richmond, Ind. 

Rev. F. J. Davidson, 2512 14th St., 
New Orleans, La. 

Prof. Moses H. Clemens, Box 96, 
Ubee, Ind. 

Rev. C. G. Fait, Ellendale, N. D. 

Rev. Philemon Beck, Grafton, Calif. 

Eld. G. B. Crockett, Dermott, Ark. 

"J»s{is answered hrto, — 1 spakt openly to fm norid; and in secret kare 

Raid Dothing." Jshn IS:20. 


CHICAGO, JUNK, l!)l(i 

Xumljcr '2 

Annual Meeting, National Christian Association 

Tuesday, June 6, 1916, in the 

Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rev. Thomas C. McKnight, Pastor 

Cor. 65th Street and Evans Avenue, Chicago, llhnois. 

There will be reports on the work of the past year, appointment of com- 
mittees, election of officers, at the first session beginning at 10:00 o'clock in 
the forenoon. At the afternoon session, beginning at 2 :00 o'clock, addresses 
will be given by several of the State Presidents. Among these will be Rev. 
Thomas M. Slater, Seattle, Washington; Rev. J. M. Coleman, Bloomington, 
Indiana ; Rev. F. E. Allen, Superior, Nebraska. We hope to hear from several 
other State Presidents who were not quite positive whether they could be pres- 
ent or not. Addresses will be given in the evening by Rev. Edwin R. A\'orrell, 
D. D., a Presbyterian pastor of Chicago, and Rev. Mead A. Kelsey, Field 
Agent, National Christian Association. 

All friends of the cause are invited to be present and are welcome to the 
privileges of the Meeting, whether closely identified with the Association or 

To reach the Reformed Presbyterian Church from the "loop" in Chicago, 
take the Cottage Grove Avenue cars to 65th street and walk one block west, 
or take the elevated ''South Side" cars to Cottage Grove station and walk one 
block west and two blocks south. 


The Chicago Record-Herald is responsible 
for the statement that John Bauscher of Free- 
port is credited with being the champion 
"jiner"' of the world. A recent initiation 
brought his lodge affiliations up to fifty-three, 
which is believed to be the world's record. 
Among his lodges are the Society of American 
Florists, Germania society, Democratic club, 
Kranken Unterslutzenzunge, Deutsche Kraken, 
Columbian Knights, Plauttdeutsch Guild, 

Moose, Anchor Society, Odd-Fellows, Knights 
of Pythias, Northern Star, Order of IMutual 
Protection, National Protective Legion, 
Eagles, Eastern Star, Royal Shrine. Beauti- 
ful Sunshine Club, Outdoor Club, Elks, Ma- 
sons, Verein of Germania, Unterstutzung 
Verein, Freeport Lodge of Homesteaders. Red 
Men, Modern Woodmen, Order of Rams, 
Order of Serpents, Court of Honor, Mystic 
Shrine, Order of Owls, Royal Palace, Caper- 
naum Shrine, Freeport Shrine, Freeport Com- 

mandery, L"^nited Commercial Travelers, 
Deutsche Military Verein, Knights of Secur- 
ity, Knights of Khorassan, Stephen A. Doug- 
las Encampment, Yeomen of America, Loyal 
Americans. Freeport Consistor}', Freeport 
Council and Royal League. 


An injunction restraining the Amalgamated 
Clothing Workers' Union from picketing shops 
or agitating their strike was granted yesterday 
b}^ Circuit Judge Smith. 

The injunction is of a temporary character, 
the judge said. The case has been referred to. 
a master in chancer}-. 

The injunction was granted on the statc- 
mcut in the petition that the refusal of the 
emplo>crs t(i establish a closed shop is the 
cause of the present strike. The petition also 
recited that the employers ha\e successfully 
resisted the attacks of the union since ll^l<\ 
inchuHnu the strike last fall. In this strike, 
the petition sa.\s, much violence was done 1.}' 
the strikers. — Chicago Tribune, May 1"», \9\Ck 


June, 1916. 


I ask not wealth, but power to take 

And use the things I have aright ; 
Not years, but wisdom that shall make 

]\Iy hfe a profit and delight. 
I ask not that for me the plan 

Of good and ill be set aside; 
But that the common lot of man 

Be nobly borne and glorified. 
I know I may not always keep 

]\Iy steps in places green and sweet, 
Nor find the pathway of the deep 

A place of safety for my feet ; 
But pray that when the tempter's breath 

Shall fiercely sweep my way about, 
I make not shipwreck of my faith ,, 

In the unbottomed sea of doubt ; 
And that, though it be mine to know 

How hard the stoniest pillow seems, 
Good angels still may come and go 

About the places of my dreams. 
I do not ask for love below, 

That friends shall never be estranged ; 
But for the power of loving, so 

My heart may keep its youth un- 

Phoebe Gary. 


Matt. xiv. 2y. 
When waves of trouble round me swell. 

My soul is not dismayed : 
I hear a voice I know full well — 

" Tis I — be not afraid." 

When black the threatening clouds ap- 

xAnd storms my path invade, 
Those accents tranquilize each fear, 

" 'Tis I— be not afraid." 

There is a gulf that must be crossed ; 

Savior, be near to aid ! 
Whisper when my frail bark is tossed, 
• "Tis I— be not afraid." 

There is a dark and fearful vale, 
Death hides within its shade : 

Oh, say, w^hen flesh and heart shall fail, 
" 'Tis 1— be not afraid." 

Charlotte Elliott. 

You need to ask the Lord to save you 
from evil hearing as well as evil talking. 

You may hope for the best if you're 
prepared for the worst. 


During the last session of Congress 
there was introduced by Representative 
Galhvan, a Catholic, a bill (H. R. 20780) 
to place in the hands of Postmaster 
General autocratic authority to exclude 
from the mails any publication which he 
should decide to be a "reflection on any 
form of religious worship, practiced or 
held sacred by any citizen of the United 
States." It was pointed out in the May, 
1915, Cynosure that the Catholics 
through the Knights of Columbus, had 
taken up the campaign, abandoned by 
the Masonic and other orders, to sup- 
press attacks on themselves through na- 
tional legislation. The bill, we believe, 
died in committee. 

Last December another bill ( H. R. 
491) was introduced in the House of 
Representatives the effect of which 
would be the same as of that introduced 
the year previously by Mr. Gallivan. 
This bill, however, was introduced by 
Mr. Siegel, a Jew, Representative from 
New York. It would authorize the Post- 
master General to exclude from the mails 
any publication which "contains any arti- 
cle therein which tends to expose any 
race, creed, or religion to either hatred, 
contempt, ridicule or obloquy." 

The fact that H. R. 491 was intro- 
duced by a Jew has led many to believe 
that Mr. Siegel has Catholic backing; 
they having taken advantage of Tom 
Watson's stand in the Frank case to add 
the Jewish strength to their own. 

This is a dangerous piece of proposed 
legislation, for it attacks our funda- 
mental rights of free speech and a free 
press. The national liberty and progress 
which we enjoy is the result of these 
two principles, for all our institutions 
have been subject to and purified by open 
criticism and challenge. 

Every citizen should enter his protest 
against this measure, for its adoption 
would greatly increase the power of 
Rome in Washington. The office of 
Postmaster General would then become 
the great political prize for the Catholic 

H. R. 491 now before Congress reads 
as follows : 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House 
of Representatives of the United States 
of America in Congress assembled, That 

June, 1916. 



whenever a complaint in writing shall be 
filed with the Postmaster General that 
any publication making use of or being 
sent through the mails contains any arti- 
cle therein which tends to expose any 
race, creed, or religion to either hatred, 
contempt, ridicule, or obloquy, he shall 
forthwith cause an investigation to be 
made under his direction and shall with- 
in twenty days after receipt of such com- 
plaint, if the facts contained therein are 
true, make an order forbidding the 
further use of the mails to any such pub- 
lication, but nothing herein contained 
shall be deemed to prevent the Postmas- 
ter General from restoring such use of 
the mails to any such publication when- 
ever it shall be established to his satis- 
faction that the publication has ceased to 
print or publish such prohibited matter 
and given him satisfactory assurances 
in writing that there will be no further 
repetition of the same. 

Another Labor Shooting. 

Two sheet metal workers, who have been 
heading a vigorous fight to wrest the high 
offices of their local from the present holders, 
were shot down, and one perhaps fatally 
wounded, last night in Hodcarriers' hall, at 
the close of an exceptionally quiet business 
meeting. The wounded men are Burt Con- 
nors and Joseph P. Cooney. 

A dead wall was encountered by the police 
in their efforts to get information concerning 
the shooting". Nearly eighty men were in the 
hall when the guns were going, but the hand 
of silence covered every man's mouth when 
the police started an inquiry. 

Victims Won't Squeal. 

Connors and Cooney also refused to make 
any statement concerning the shooting, al- 
though officers were sent to the hospitals to 
get their depositions. Cooney, although told 
that he probably would die, refused to talk on 
the ground that his "sciuealing" might make it 
hard for his two sons, members of the same 

Somebody Shot, That's All. 

For two hours Lieut. P. D. McWeeny ques- 
tioned nine members of the local brought to 
the station without establishing a single im- 
portant fact except that some one was shot. 

Several admitted, Lieut. McWeeny said, 
that Connors was known to be after the job 
of Business Agent Tom Walsh and Cooney 
after President Thomas Redding's office. But 
of the actual shooting they expressed com- 
plete ignorance. 

"I was standing in the door when 1 heard 
the six shots." said one, "but I didn't turn my 
head to see who was doing the shooting." 

Others said thev were on their way out, and 

when they heard the shots merely continued 
on their way. 

Cooney's Criminal Record. 
Cooney is said by the police to have served 
six months recently in the house of correc- 
tion after he had been convicted of assault 
in connection with a labor union slugging. He 
is also said to have been mixed up in a num- 
ber of other shootings and sluggings. In one 
of the shootings about two years ago he was 
suspected of having shot and seriously wound- 
ed Edward O'Donnell. — Chicago Tribune, May 
11, 191G. 

Speaking editorially of this labor shooting, 
the Tribune on May 12th said : 

The most disturbing feature of the factional 
fights in labor unions is not that unionists are 
occasionally shot and sometimes killed. The 
really dangerous element of these affairs is 
that the unionists seem to think themselves 
entirely outside the law. They seem to con- 
sider police investigation and action an inter- 
ference with the private affairs of the union 
and they refuse to help. 

Thus the police were balked in their efforts 
to learn how Burt Connors and Joseph Cooney 
came to' be wounded at a recent meeting of 
the sheet metal workers. There were about 
eighty men at the meeting, and all of them 
apparently went blind just before the shoot- 
ing and remained so until after it was over. 
None of them knew anything. What informa- 
tion the police did get was from a man 
wounded so seriously that he believed he was 
about to die. 

What they are doing is many degrees worse 
than mere disturbance of the peace, worse, in 
fact, than anarchy, where the government can 
treat offenders as individual criminals. What 
the unionists in this case have in effect done 
is to separate themselves from the community 
and to set up an independent organization 
which they consider capable of administering 
its own justice and its own punishment. By 
refusing to give the police the information 
they place their membership in the union 
above their membership in the community. 


New York, May IG. — A nationwide organi- 
zation of employers, open to every employer 
of labor, was advocated today by Col. George 
Pope, president of the National .\ssociation 
of Manufacturers, in his annual address be- 
fore the twenty-llrst animal con\-cntion of 
the organization. 

Col. Pope declared such a national organiza- 
tion would have far more intlucnce and power 
in dealing with ureal ]iroblems of business 
than any of the jirescut associations. 

"Through a perfect organizatiiMi such as I 
have suggested," said the speaker, "informa- 
tion or inquiries for information could be 
sent to all parts of the country through direct 
channels, and coming, as it W(Mdd, to you from 
the <Mio licad could be utilized for the benefit 
of all." 

Club for Mr. Gompers. 

Seneca C. I'each. i)resident and manager of 



June, 1916. 

the ^Merchants and jManufacturers' Association 
of San Francisco, also urged the necessity 
for a national organization, "so that when 
Mr. Gompers proposes an act in congress 
which will destroy efficiency methods in gov- 
ernmental work, every business men's or- 
ganization in the United States may get busy 

on a concerted plan to combat such proposals." 
"If the business men of this country expect 
to cope with the American Federation of La- 
bor," he continued, "they must have at least 
a well coordinated body, as well organized in 
detail and as well federated among states." — 
Chicago Tribune. 




The cement of its walls has been 
broken. It was broken when, after the 
Morgan Tragedy in 1826, 45,000 out of 
50,000 left the lodges never to return — 
so reads the history of the order. 

Hundreds of conscientious, God-fear- 
ing men have renounced their allegiance 
to' it, or quietly withdrawn when they 
became acquainted with its real charac- 
ter, for it is not what it pretends to be. 

In all kindness allow me to point out a 
few things that ought to arouse the sus- 
picions in every thoughtful man. Re- 
member, it is the oath that makes the 
Mason, and that nearly every step in 
blue lodge Masonry is simply intended 
to exalt and impress upon the candidate 
the importance and sacredness of this, 
the crux of Masonry. "Is this of your 
own free will and accord?" the candidate 

is asked. Of course he will say, "It is." 
The object of this question is to exon- 
erate the lodge of all blame if things 
should turn out to be distasteful to the 
candidate. Again, the oath is intro- 
duced by the Master after this man- 
ner : 'Tt now becomes my duty to admin- 
ister to you an oath, and I assure you 
as a man and a Mason that there is noth- 
ing in it that will interfere with your 
duties to yourself, your family, your 
country or your God. Are you willing 
to proceed?" The wise man would say: 
"Here, stop ; for how do you know what 
my opinions may be in regard to these 
varied duties, about which many thought- 
ful men radically differ?" Notice this 
plausible statement of the Master is 
not a part of the oath, but is intended 
to blind and deceive the mind of the 
thoughtless candidate as to its real na- 
ture. It is bad enough to hoodwink a 
man's eyes, but satanic to befog his mind. 

June, 1916. 



The Nature of the Oath. 

If the Worshipful Master wished to 
be honest with the candidate why did 
he not tell him plainly what Masonry 
really teaches in regard to the oath, viz., 
that "it is irrevocable," that though he 
may leave the lodge, or be expelled even, 
or become a member of bigoted churches 
that denounce Masonry, he cannot cast 
off or nullify his Masonic covenant. 

This, we may say, is the limit of ar- 
rogance, and squarely denies the Chris- 
tian's "duty of repentance or a change 
of mind which rests upon all men every- 

But there is another step in the in- 
itiation which is equally presumptuous 
when the Worshipful Master says : "You 
may now remove the hoodwink," and 
further says, in connection with the 
words and a stamp of the foot, "Let 
there be light and there was light !" 
Mirable dictit ! The light of three tal- 
low candles falls upon the bewildered 
eyes of the candidate. 

If this is not making a profane and 
farcical use of a bit of scriptural his- 
tory, what is it? 

Removing the Cable Tow. 

This is another hole in the wall 
through which we may look. When the 
oath has been taken the Master proceeds 
to instruct the conductor in words like 
these : Y^ou may now remove the cable 
tow, for he is now bound to us by a tie 
stronger than human hands can bind ! 
What is this Tie? Evidently the oath 
which the novice has just taken. 

Wherein lies the strength of this extra- 
judicial, unrighteous oath? On the as- 
sumption that it is in perfect accord with 
the ordinance of God, it is reinforced 
by the following prayer: "So help me 
God and keep me steadfast in the due 
performance of the same." Both the as- 
sumption and the prayer are unthink- 
able ; for to make God a party to these 
would disannul the whole decalogue. 

The only way to escape this dilemma 
is to receive the teaching of God's Word, 
that there are two gods, viz., the God 
of heaven and the god of this world, for 
then both the oath and prayer would be 
perfectly acceptable to the latter. 

If more proof is needed in regard to 
this proposition, we have simply to point 
to the Satanic character of the penalties 

included in each and every oath. That 
of the third degree cf the blue lodge 
reads, "under no less penalty than to 
have my bod\- severed in twain," etc. 
This certainly means a violent death and 
an imperhim in impcrio, with ]K)\ver t'j 
execute the sentence. The strange thing 
about all this is that some Masons do 
not believe in the common law for capi- 
tal punishment! 

The one unpardonable sin in Masonry 
is the revelation of its oath-bound se- 
crets. And yet, according to their own 
dictum, are they not all "perjured vil- 
lains/' for did they not all take the en- 
tered apprentice oath, in which they 
promised not to write, print or engrave, 
etc., anything by which the secrets might 
be made known ? Have they not printed 
or caused to be printed a book called 
"Ecce Orienti" in cipher, by which all 
the secret work of the blue lodge may be 
read and known? Why do Christians 
and even ministers of the Gospel plead 
ignorance as a reason for sheltering this 
evil? Why not buy "Ecce Orienti" and 
spend an hour or two in deciphering it, 
for the sake of truth and the honor of 
brave seceders? Or, in this case, is it 
"the fear of man that bringeth a snare" 
and causeth silence? 

I have found a strange superstitious 
awe or fear, especially among Masons, 
in regard to secret oaths, vows or prom- 
ises, while the third commandment is 
broken with impunity. 

Another strange thing is that all those 
men who come to lodge doors seeking 
light themselves may be neglecting the 
only Man who has ever come to earth 
with the wondrous messages on his lips : 
"I am the light of the world." Me was 
"the true light which lighteth c\-cry man 
that Cometh into the world." He is the 
"one mediator between God and men. 
the man Christ Jesus." How simple! 
One object and one way of acceptable 
worship. \Miy, then, should any Chris- 
tian vicld himself to serve the ruler of 
the darkness of this world by eliminat- 
ing from his ritual of worship all ref- 
erence to Jesus, the one and ottIv Sa\ior 
of men? The uniform teaching of God's 
\\'or(l is against the kingdcMU of dark- 
ness. Search the Scriptures. 

I ha\e not written these things be- 
cause T lo\e the men of the secret empire 



June, 1916. 

less, but because I love a pure and pow- 
erful church more. "They overcame by 
the blood of the Lamb and by the word 
of their testimony." Ps. 66:i8; Lev. 
5:4; Acts 17:30; 2 Cor. 6:14; Is. 55:7; 
2 Cor. 4 :2. 

Poynette, Wis. 



April Claims 54.5 Per Cent Increase Over 


The Modem JVoodmati Magazine for 
]\Iay says that all records of payments 
of death claims were broken in April, 
when 805 claims were allowed, aggregat- 
ing $1,379,173.05. This is an increase 
of nearly 55 per cent over January, when 
there were 521 claims allowed. The rea- 
son advanced for the heavy increase is 
the bad winter just closed and the hope 
is expressed that "the usual trend" 
(whatever that is) will soon reassert it- 
self. A winter with considerable sick- 
ness, such as was experienced last year, 
undoubtedly affected the death rate, but, 
remembering how perilously near col- 
lapse the Modern Woodmen order came 
a few years ago, and the experience of 
other fraternal orders, we are of the 
opinion that there were influences, other 
than the weather, at work to bring about 
the condition that exists — the increase 
in the average age of the members, for 
example. The wise will secure other in- 
surance while they may. 

The steadily progressing increase of 
death claims is officially given as fol- 
lows : • ■ , •..■.. . • / :,. 

January, 521 claims $ 916,250.00 

February, 744 claims 1,297,500.00 

March, 763 claims 1,348,100.00 

April, 805 claims L379,i73-05 

2,833 . . $4,941,023.05 

The amount paid out in death claims 
during the first four months of this year 
is something over three per cent of the 
total amount of claims paid since the or- 
ganization of the order, thirty-three 
years ago, which is $158,990,615.08. At 
this rate, for the full year, the claims 
would amount to nine per cent of the 
total claims paid since the organization 
of the M. W. of A. This appears to be 
a condition that should arouse the con- 
cern of every member of the order who 
has been unwise enough to depend upon 
cheap lodge insurance. .. ...v^.. 

"Sisters" Fight for Control. 

A battle for the control of the Woodmen 
Circle, a woman's auxiliary to the Woodmen 
of the World, which numbers over 200,000 
members in Nebraska and other states, 
reached the local district court yesterday when 
Emma B. Manchester, supreme guardian, was 
granted a restraining order against other 
members of the executive council of the 

At stake in the court proceedings is the 
entire executive control of the big fraternal 
organization, of which Mrs. Manchester was 
one of the founders and which she has headed 
for years. 

The fight began shortly after the meeting of 
the supreme body at St. Paul in July of last 
year, when Mrs. Ida M. Kelly was declared 
elected as supreme banker. 

Mrs. De Bolt, representing the Manchester 
faction in the battle for control and Mrs. 
Kelly's rival in the contest for this office, now 
has pending in the state supreme court an 
action wherein she seeks to dispossess Mrs. 
Kelly of the office. 

Mrs. Kelly, as supreme banker and a mem- 
ber of the executive council, is declared to 
have thrown the balance of power v/hich re- 
sulted in the effort to deprive Mrs. Manches- 
ter of her executive powers. This precipitated 
the present suit. 

It is alleged that the majority of the ex- 
ecutive council adopted resolutions in Feb- 
ruary, 1916, authorizing the appointment of 
Mrs. Manchester, Mary La Rocca and Dora 
Alexander as a special executive committee, 
with power to appoint deputy supreme guard- 
ians, general, special, and local agents and 
managers, lecturers, adjusters, and assistants 
and to cancel existing contracts for such serv- 
ices. The supreme banker was directed to pay 
no salaries of such officials unless approved 
by two of the three members of this commit- 

All of these powers, Mrs. Manchester as- 
serts, properly belong to her office and cannot 
be taken from her save by action of the su- 
preme forest at its regular convention. The 
only case wherein the executive council would 
have such power, she asserts, is in case the 
council voted unanimously that an emergency 
existed and two-thirds of the supreme forest 
approved of this action by written ballot. 
Such preliminaries were not taken in the pres- 
ent instance, she days. 

The plaintiff's charges that the defendants 
conferated together to deprive her of the 
functions of her office and to usurp them with 
the ultimate aim that they would "employ said 
patronage for political ends, within the order 
in their own interest and in the interest of 
each other, and through said influence to pro- 
cure their election and the election and ap- 
pointment of each other to lucrative offices 
and employment and to control its political 
affairs."- — Omaha Herald and Woodmen Jour- 
nal, April, 1916. 

June, 1916. 




Some interesting facts have been 
brought to light in Judge Seay's suit to 
compel the Woodmen of the World to 
live up with the insurance contract they 
made with him twenty-three years ago. 
The contention of the lodge officers is 
that the contract was made at too low a 
rate and therefore was not valid and 
need not be lived up to. The case is re- 
ported in The Woodman Journal of Dal- 
las, Texas, for April, 1916, from which 
the following is taken : 

Abb Landis, famous actuary of Nashville, 
Tennessee, testified in the trial of the suit of 
Seay vs. W. O. W. that the Habilities of the 
W. O. W. exceeded the assets— actual and 
contingent, by about $153,000,000.00. He said 
further : At the present rate of contribution, 
as of December 31, 1914, it would have re- 
quired approximately $153,000,000.00 more of 
assets to have equaled the vahiation llabihties 
and to have brought the assets to 100 per cent 
solvency; the total assets of $183,451,416.00 
being 53.92 per cent of the total of the actual 
and contingent liabilities of $340,220,782.00 
(Stenographer's report, p. 121). 

Mr. Landis also furnished a table of 
surplus and deficiencies on $2,000. (W. 
O. W. Mortality Table.) He testified as 
follows, stenographer's report, page 124: 

Year. Amount. 

1893 plus $ 1.80 

1894 " 3.34 

1895 " 4.14 

1896 " 4.02 

1897 " 3.8i> 

1898 " 1.50 

1899 minus 20 

1900 " 1,46 

1901 " 6.64 

1902 " 10.98 ' 

1903 " 18.18 

1904 " 28.96 

1905 " 42.72 

1906 " 59.66 

1907 '' 80.46 

1908 " 105.56 

1909 " 135.84 

1910 " 172.16 

1911 " 214.88 

1912 '' 265.14 

1913 '• 304.02 

Column one in the above table gives 
twenty years of [Judge Seay's] member- 
ship, from July, 1893, to June 1, 1913, inclu- 
sive. The second column represents the 
surplus, or deficiency, at the end of each 
year, excepting the year 1913, where the 
amount of $304.02 is as of July 1, 1913. The 
plus sign represents the surplus, and the 
minus sign represents deficiencies. That 
is to say, at the end of six months in 1893, 
the acumulated value of the cost of his pro- 
tection on his $2,000 certificate in the 
amount of $1.80. At the end of the year 

1894 the accumulated excess of contribu- 
tions over the accumulated cost of his pro- 
tection for the year and six months was 
$3.34; at the end of the year 1898 the ac- 
cumulated value of his contributions ex- 
ceeded the accumulated value of his share 
of the claims that had been paid during the 
six years by the amount of $1.50; while at 
the end of the year 1899, the accumulated 
value of the cost of his protection during 
seven years exceeded the accumulated value 
of his contributions by 20 cents. yVt the 
end of ever}'- year after 1899, there was a 
deficiency in his accumulated contributions, 
amounting on July 1, 1913, to $304.02, which 
represented the excess accuinulatcd value 
of the cost of his protection for twenty 
years over the accumulated value uf his 
contributions during that period. I'his ac- 
counting being on the basis of the actual 
mortality experience of the Woodmen of 
the World for the twenty years from 1893 
to 1913. 

The testimony show^s that there arc out- 
standing 33,865 policies with the words 
"payments to cease after 20 years." Each 
one of these shows a deficiency of $304.02; 
33,865 times $304.02 gives a little more than 
$10,159,500.00. This is the amount these old 
policy holders arc in debt to the society. 
Who is going to make up this deficiency? 
Will the young man? Can the old man? 

The Judge wdll likely render his decision 
in the case of Seay vs. Woodmen of the 
World in a few weeks. 


It may be of interest to some of our 
members to know that the Grand Lodge 
of Scotlaiid has among its office bearers 
the Bible Bearer, Grand Shastri Bearer. 
Zend Avesta Bearer and Grand Koran 
Bearer, so one will note that it is not a 
question of the Bible upon the altar in 
Scotland, but it is one as to which vol- 
ume represents the sacred law wliich the 
candidate recognizes as the law of the 
word. — Quarterly Bulletin, Iowa Ma- 
sonic Library, April, igi6. 


Princeton, Ind.. April 2(1. — Smashing in a 
door leading to the third fioor of the Moose 
hxlge club rooms here. Sam hVttinger. con- 
stable, a special officer of the Law F.nforce- 
ment League; the Rev. M. S. McMilhui. i)as- 
tor of the Reformed Presbyterian church and 
an official of the league, and Oliver Watt,, a 
deputy, confiscated about ;"?00 bottles of beer, 
carted it to the office o\ A. P. (m-ccu, justice 
of the peace, and filed "blind liuer" charges 
against officers o\ \hv .-\bout a year 
ago the Moose Club was raided and beer 
seized, but the chib won the case on the ground 
that the beer was to lie served at a special 
social session and was not really on sale. — The 
ludianat'olis .V.-rcs-. 



June, 1916. 



]\Iany years ago I came into a little 
county-seat town in Illinois for the pur- 
pose of delivering a lecture against se- 
cret societies. Arrangements being 
made. I was sauntering about the town, 
as was my custom, thinking and praying. 
In the course of the walk I chanced upon 
a young man who was a boyhood friend 
in Galesburg, my native towai. It was, 
of course, a pleasure to meet him and 
we sat down and entered into conversa- 

I was asking about him and his work 
and found to my surprise that he was in 
the town for the purpose of fiddling for 
a dance, which was to occur that even- 
ing. Dancing w^as not one of the ac- 
complishments of most of my friends 
and I was surprised, and having been 
raised a Puritan in regard to this and 
like things, I was sorry. 

I found, in talking with him, that, as 
is so frequently the case, dancing was 
associated with drink and that he was 
really to be pitied because of his felt 
disappointment with himself. 

Finallv, durmg our conversation he 
said to me, "1 suppose you are going to 
give us Masons fits to-night.'' I said to 
him, ^^'hy, are you a Mason? He said, 
"Yes." I said. How many degrees have 
you taken? He replied, ''Three." I 
said to him, I am not here to give "fits" 
to anybody. In fact, I am not here to 
discuss Freemasons at all. I have some 
things to say about Freemasonry, but 
nothing to say about Freemasons. He 
said, You don't think that Masonry is 
evil, do you?" and I replied, Yes, I 
think that is the trouble with it. He 
answered, "I do not know anything bad 
about Masonry. I did not know that 
anybody objected to Masonry. I think 
if I could live up to Masonry's teachings 
I should be all right. I know there are 
lots of us Masons that are not good men, 
but I supposed Masonry to be a good 
thing and that it would make us good if 
we would allow it do to so." 

I cannot tell how many times prac- 
tically the same thing has been said to 
me by dear fellows w^ho were illy satis- 
fied with themselves and who were really 
in their hearts longing after better things. 

They are men who have been fairly born, 
perhaps fairly raised but they have mor- 
ally slipped. Just as good people as 
others, they have been left to some fol- 
lies or sins which have disheartened 
them and they are puzzled as to what to 
do. Feeling a need of help they reach 
out for some organization which is called 
fraternal. They desire sympathy, not 
knowing how to obtain that of God, per- 
haps not knowing that they need it, they 
reach out for some human dependence 
and become lodge men. 

They listen to the lectures, they go 
through with the silly and disgusting 
ceremonies, they see others obligated and 
starting on their lodge careers, but they 
still are sad and empty at heart. Speak 
with them and if they find that you are 
friendly, so that they are able to confide 
in you, they will say to you, as this young 
man did to me, "I am not well off. I do 
not know exactly what the matter is. I 
wish that I were different from what I 
am. If I could live up to the teachings 
of my order or orders, I think then I 
would be content and happy." 

Thus Satan first ensnares, then of- 
fers a fictitious remedy, then plunges 
into deeper despair and leads his victims 
to believe that in some way or other if 
they could have been truer to the false 
faith which he has offered them, all 
would be well. 

Salvation by Works or Salvation Through 


Our Association is called Christian be- 
cause we believe that salvation is through 
Jesus Christ alone. We believe that sal- 
vation from sin is the great need of the 
human race and that wdien men are 
saved from sin they will be saved from 
sorrow. It is very true that confessed 
Christians, some of them no doubt per- 
sons really born of God, are not happy 
but this invariably results from a failure 
in obedience or a failure in trust. 

The professed Christian who is un- 
happy is deceived and not a Christian at 
all or a backslider ; one who has sinned 
against God and so is out of fellowship, 
or he is one who, really believing and 
really obeying, has never risen to an 
actual faith in the Word of God. 

I do not remember who it was but I 
think John Wesley, who spoke of the 
duty of being happy, I think there are 

June, 1916. 



comparatively few people who have ever 
confessed the sin of unhappiness. A 
man who is not a Christian has, of 
course, no reason for being happy. He 
belongs to the world and unless he is 
converted from the guilt of sin, he is 
not freed from the curse of sin; he is 
not freed from the power of sin. Such 
a man, if he knew the facts as to his sit- 
uation, would be in terror. His friends, 
if they knew his situation, would be in 
terror for him. It is only because Satan 
blinds the eyes of those who believe not 
that such men are able to be ignorant of 
their danger. 

The child of God who is in a backslid- 
den state is necessarily miserable. When 
an heir to the glories of heaven sits 
among swnne, in rags and dirt, hungry 
and starving, how is he to be happy? 
Every backslider in the world, if he will 
tell the truth, will say that he is miser- 
able. Unfortunately some may not un- 
derstand the reason for their miseries, 
but the fact of them they will not deny. 

The sufferings of good people who 
obey but do not fully trust are equally 
evident. One who is saved not only 
needs to be saved but he needs to be- 
lieve the facts in the case. Take a man 
off the deck of a sinking ship, put him 
into a boat and bring him ashore. Every 
inch of the way he will be in misery if 
he does not have confidence in his res- 
cuer. I have no doubt there are many 
really saved people in this unhappy po- 
sition. They have believed in Jesus 
Christ. He has pardoned their sin. He 
has given them a new nature but in 
some way Satan has prevented them 
from triumphing in Christ Jesus. The 
result is they are afraid, nervous, anxious 
and miserable. I think it is from per- 
sons of this class that Christian Science 
is largelv recruited. 

As I have remarked before, so far as 
my knowledge extends, Christian Science 
never seeks to save outbreaking and evi- 
dently lost sinners. It does its work 
among professors of Christianity, many 
of whom are possessors of Christianity 
but people who have not believed the 
truth concerning their perfect safety 
and their high calling. 

It is so evident as to require no proof, 
that a man who knows his sins forgiven 
and his future secure should be joyful. 

It is perfectly natural that one who does 
not know this, who feels the guilt of sin 
pressing on him, or dread of the future 
bearing him down, should seek in some 
way or other to obtain relief. How can 
it be otherwise? It is also perfectly 
natural that this person, unless lie is 
grounded in Scripture truth, will imag- 
ine, possibly really believe, that if he had 
done better he would be better. In oth- 
er words, he looks upon salvation as the 
result of his own act. He believes that 
he must earn or buy freedom from the 
curse of the law, from the dread of the 
day to come, and since one never can 
earn salvation from the curse of sin and 
since one can never, by his own act, 
make the future secure, it is natural that 
this poor soul should look about him to 
see if there is not some way in which he 
can be helped. In an hour like this the 
pretentions of some secret society are 
laid before him. 

Like my young friend in Ohio, of 
whom I recently spoke, some hypocritical 
preacher or officer of the church will say 
to him that if he will join some lodge, he 
will find that for which he is seeking and 
then he wanders on, failing, stumbling, 
miserable, wretched, trying to get salva- 
tion by ''living up" to something or other 
when all he requires is repentance and 
faith to make him at once a ha])])\- child 
of God. 

It is a tragic thing to see the soul oi 
a man thus bewildered and suff'ering. 
bearing his own load as weW as he can. 
when all the while Jesus Clirisi the great 
Savior of men is desiring to carrv him 
and his burden too. 

The National Christian Association. 

The name of our Association is ([uite 
right. In (^nr work wc. 1 l)elic\'c, ha\'e 
failed mucli in the jiarlicular indicated. 
I know that 1 hax'C taik^d in this particu- 
lar. To show that secret societies are 
foolish, dangerous, desperatelx' wicked, 
is very eas\-. l)ut showing all these thingv^ 
will not bring men out oi secret societies. 

There is uot a sinner in the wc^rld wh(^ 
does not know in hi< rational moments 
that his sin is his ruin. (M cnuv>c he 
knows this. (lod has so cc^nstructcd the 
lunnan soul that it nuist always approve 
righteousness. (1(U\^ a{ipr<^ve it. The dif- 
ficult}' is to attain riglUeousncss. This 
is where the failure comes in. 



June, 1916. 

If I were to live my life as a public 
lecturer again I would not seek less to 
show men the miseries and follies of 
lodgism, but I would seek the more to 
show them the completeness of the rem- 
edy that there is in Jesus Christ, the 
readiness that there is in him to meet all 
their needs. I thank God that I have 
not altogether failed in this one thing in 
the past, but I am sure that I made this 
one truth far less evident than it should 
have been and I pray now that in writing 
and speaking I may never content my- 
self with showing the wickedness of the 
lodge but may always busy myself even 
yet more assiduouslv to show them the 
fullness that there is in Jesus. 

Instant Salvation. 

I was one time in a store in Spring- 
field at the close of one of the evening 
sessions of our State Teachers' Associa- 
tion. I said to the storekeeper, we be- 
ing alone. Are you a Christian man? He 
replied, ''Yes, I am a Catholic." I said 
to him. Well, then, perhaps you can tell 
me how to be saved. I am saved, I be- 
lieve, but supposing I were not ; suppos- 
ing I were a sinful man and should ask 
you, a Christian, to tell me how to be 
saved, w^hat would you tell me to do? 
''Well," he said, "I would tell you to 
make confession and do penance." I 
said. That might be well if I had plenty 
of time, but supposing I had been the 
victim of an accident or a disease and 
had only five minutes to live, suppose 
my life had been sinful and that I were 
ashamed and afraid. Afraid to die, and 
I should say to you, "I want to be saved. 
Is it possible for me to be saved?" What 
would you say? He said, "I do not see 
how you could be saved unless you could 
make confession and do penance." 

I went on with him some while in the 
conversation to show him how the Word 
of God said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus 
Christ and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 
16:31.) "If thou shalt confess with thy 
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe 
in thine heart that God hath raised him 
from the dead, thou shalt be saved." 
TRom. 10:9.) I insisted that these 
Scriptures and others like them did not 
indicate that I must confess and do 
penance but that I might be saved at 
once if I would comply with these con- 

I w^ent on to the case of the thief on 
the cross who acknowledged that he was 
justly crucified and yet he plead for 
mercy, as he hung by the side of the 
Savior and received that wonderful 
promise, "To-day thou shalt be with me 
in Paradise." Now, I said, if this thief 
and murderer, hanging on the cross, his 
life all behind him, nothing before him 
but the grave into which he would short- 
ly be thrust, if he could receive a prom- 
ise of this kind, why could not I, even if 
a great sinner, also be saved instantly, if 
I would believe? 

It is very hard to break through the 
crust of years of bad training or no 
training. I have never seen that young 
man since. I do not know what God did 
with my testimony, but it was a great 
joy to be able to give it. The moment 
a sinner believes, he can be saved. He 
does not have to wait for anything. God 
is waiting for him ; has been waiting for 
him and if he will believe in his heart 
and confess with his mouth, God will 
save him. 

Another Case. 

Some years ago one of my students 
was attending a daily prayer meeting 
which I used to lead when at the college. 
One morning she came in and stood for 
a moment by my desk before the meet- 
ing began. She had evidently been 
anxious for some days. I did not know 
what it was about but it appeared, as the 
conversation went on, that it was about 

her soul's life. I said to her. Miss 

I never hear you say anything. I do 
not know where you stand. Where are 
you in regard to this matter that brings 
us together? She said, "Why, President, 
you know I am a Catholic." No, I said, 
I did not know you were a Catholic. If 
you are a Catholic perhaps you can telt 
the difference between Catholics and 
Protestants. She said, "No, I do not 
think I can." I said. Then maybe you 
would like me to tell you the difference, 
and she said, "Yes, I would be very 
pleased." I said, The difference is this. 
The Catholics teach that we receive all 
good gifts, even salvation, through the 
death of Jesus Christ, but we need the 
of^ces of the priest and the sacraments 
of the church in order to make it avail- 
able. Protestants also teach that we re- 
ceive all good gifts, even eternal life, 

June, 1916. 



only through the death of Jesus Christ 
but they teach that whenever a sinner is 
sorry for his sin and cries to God for 
pardon, through the blood of Jesus 
Christ, he receives pardon and hfe eter- 
nal then and there, without waiting for 
the priests or the sacraments or anything. 
She replied, "Well, that is what I be- 
lieve." I said, Very well, then you are 
not a Catholic but in your heart a 
Protestant, no matter what you profess 
to be, for Catholicism sends you to the 
priest, where Protestantism sends you 
to the Lord Jesus Christ direct. 

She passed at once into a most de- 
lightful rest of soul during the remain- 
ing months that she lived with us here. 
She seemed always happy and her testi- 
mony was always clear and strong to the 
work which Jesus Christ had done for 
her on the cross. 

I am impressed, as I write these words, 
with the thought that quite possibly 
among the several thousands of people 
who will read this there may be a num- 
ber who, in lodges or out of them, as the 
case may be, have never yet attained to 
a clear faith respecting the ground of 
their hope. I wish that I might be of 
service to them. I pray that they may 
get this clearly in mind, for it is the in- 
dispensable condition, not of salvation 
but of peace and victory. There are 
those who are saved but as by fire and 
without ever knowing the joy of abound- 
ing salvation. 

All the words of Jesus are significant. 
He did not simply say, "I am come that 
ye might have life." That would be a 
great thing and a reason for never ceas- 
ing thanksgiving, but he said, ''and that 
ye might have it more abundantly." 

I am urging all my dear people who 

read these words to lay hold on the life 

abundant. Not to be satisfied with life, 

even if they possess it, but to reach out 

for the life abundant which God has 

put within their reach. 

A Well of Water Springing Up Into Ever- 
lasting Life. 

We have in this expression the same 
blessed truth which T am trying to en- 
force. "Whosoever drinketh of the wa- 
ter that I shall give him shall never 
thirst, but the water that I shall give 
him shall be in him a well of water 
springing up into everlasting life." (John 

4:6.) What a marvelous figure this is. 
What a joyful life it symbolizes to us. 
No matter where one is, no matter in 
what desert place he dwells or walks, 
here he is given a well of water spring- 
ing up, no labor of drawing but spring- 
ing up into everlasting life. It is a mar- 
vel that we who teatli the Christian faith 
have so slowly apprehended and so im- 
perfectly imparted this blessed knowl- 
edge to men. 

In this world of ours are millions of 
lodge men trying to draw water and 
finding none, dropping a bucket cease- 
lessly into an empty cistern, that never 
can hold water; finally in despair going 
their way ; saying little or nothing to any- 
one ; wondering whether any one else has 
succeeded any better than they have ; try- 
ing to "live up" to a few fag ends of 
moral teaching given by men who. like 
themselve — base and ignoble, slaves of 
sin, yet promising life to other folk — 
poor victims in cities and towns and 
country homes, overcome by their sins ; 
never arriving at any victorious living; 
never arriving at any comfort in living; 
always conscious of moral failure and 
yet trying to "live up" to something or 
other so that they can be saved. 

Jesus Christ the Only Savior of MerL 

This is the foundation of our faith. 
This is the flag under which we march. 
This is the teaching which we are com- 
manded to give to the world and this is 
the teaching that the world, receiving, 
will be saved. Those who reject it will 
be condemned : are condemned already 
and will live on in condemnation until 
they drop into the lake of fire, which is' 
the second death. 

How many parents there are who will 
read these words who need the salva- 
tion of T^-'^i-^-'^ Christ, if not for them- 
selves, for their children ; how many 
wives who need the salvation of Christ, 
if not for theiuschcs. for their hus- 
bands ; how many friends, who need the 
salvation of Jesus Christ, if n(n for them- 
selves, for their friends. And all the 
while the great heart of God yearns 
over the world, loving even the people 
that nailed Jesus Christ to the cross and 
hung him np between the hea\-ens and 
the earth to die ; loving even them and 
all like them : not willing that any should 
perish : desiring that all should come to 



June, 1916. 

him and live. Is it not a heartbreaking 
situation and ought we not to repent and 
believe and testify and pray as we have 
ne\er repented, believed, testified and 
prayed before? 

The Lord grant his blessing to you 
every one. I\Iy heart goes out to you, 
thou2:h manv of vour faces I have never 
seen, many of your names I do not know, 
many of your voices I would not recog- 
nize if even now they were soimding in 
my ears. You are all the creation of 
God. I trust the children of God by faith 
through his son Jesus Christ.' Not saved 
because you have done well ; not saved 
because yoti are going to do well, but 
saved because you have believed on 
Jesus Christ. Not saved for yourselves 
alone ; not saved that you, may be happy 
or comfortable or anything of the kind 
but saved that you may be saviors of 
others ; that you may hold faithful to the 
AVord of Life for dying, needy men. 
Shall not this be the happy service of 
many a one w-ho reads these words, to 
teach men everyw'here that they do not 
have to "live up'' but they have to ''be- 
lieve" in order to receive eternal life? 


The Bible and Missionary Conference held 
at Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario, last June, 
marked the Jubilee of the China Inland Mis- 

The blessing of God was manifest and those 
present were agreed in the decision that an- 
other Conference should be held this year. 
Tuesda}^, June 20th, through Sunday, June 
2oth, are the dates fixed upon. 

The speakers will include well known Bible 
teachers, and also several returned mission- 
aries from China. 

We offer a cordial welcome to all the Lord's 
people, and invite their interest in bringing 
others w-ith them and in praying for God's 
preparation and full blessing upon our gather- 
ing together. 

A postal card inquiry addressed to the Sec- 
retary, China Inland Mission, either at 64 W. 
Chelton Ave.. Germantown, Philadelohia, Pa., 
or 507 Church St.. Toronto, Can., will be re- 
plied to with particulars as to routes, hoteh^, 

Hanlontown, la., Jan. 5, 1916. 
I am in full sympathy with your work. 
I think the Cynosure is one of the best 
magazines pubhshed. I have taken it 
nearly all the time of its life. I bid you 
Godspeed in the good w^ork. 

F^. H. Sttifi.ds. 


There is no record in human history 
that, for inhuman brutality, can equal 
the terrible, the tragic story of Armenian 
persecution at the hands of the Turks. 
Men tortured until death relieves them, 
women and girls outraged and brutally 
killed, little children dying from hunger, 
from persecution and exposure ; these 
are the facts that go to make the story. 

Never since the world began has there 
been such a reign of torture and of 
butchery as that to wdiich the Ottoman 
hordes have subjected this helpless and 
unofi^ending nation. It is a scheme 
planned by high and skilled ability and 
carried out by low brutality. Nor has 
the scheme failed of its intention ; where 
a year ago there were 2,000,000 Armeni- 
ans in Turkey, at least 1,000,000 have 
been slain, driven from the country, 
forced into Islam, perished on the way 
to exile, or have been deported. 

These helpless sufiferers, men, women 
and children, are scattered in all direc- 
tions ; they are hungry, naked and home- 
less. There never was greater need of 
relief — immediate relief. It is a matter 
of record that 10,000 Armenians in Per- 
sia lived for one month on $10,000. 
Think of it — a human being living for 
one month on one dollar ! 

Five dollars will feed five of these 
starving people enough to keep them 
alive one month. 

Contributions should be sent to Ameri- 
can Committee for Armenian and Syrian 
Relief, 70 Fifth Ave., New York City, 
or, care Harry A. Wheeler, Treasurer, 
Union Trust Co., Chicago, 111. 


It is said that organizer Brown of the In- 
ternational Union of Machinists in an appeal 
to the thousands of his order now on strike 
in the city of Syracuse, says : 

"Turn on the cold water faucet. Put a lock- 
nut on it and keep it turned on while this 
movement is in progress. One of our aims 
must be to show that a well organized body 
of men like ours can conduct a strike without 
violating any city ordinance or state or na- 
tional law. 

"Keep away from the saloons and there 
will be no trouble that will reflect discredit 
upon us. I am not talking prohibition, but it 
is well known that liquor at such times as 
this has been the cause of most of the vio- 
lence in Ihe history of this country." 

June, 1916. 



Would Unionize Publishing Plants. 

The outburst on the labor question at the 
main session of the Methodist General Con- 
ference to-day followed a report of the com- 
mittee on social service. Sections in the re- 
port referring to community service of the 
church, bad housing conditions, prison reform, 
recreation, living wages, unequal distribution 
of wealth, overwork and industrial democracy 
were adopted without debate. 

The last section, referring to collective bar- 
gaining between employers and employes and 
a preferential shop, caused the turmoil. To 
adopt it meant the unionizing of the shops 
of the Methodist Book Concern, employing in 
Cincinnati and Chicago about 1,100 persons, 
according to the opponents. 

John M. Killits, a federal judge of Toledo, 
Ohio, opened the debate to-day, when he 
made a motion to have six paragraphs of the 
report stricken out. 

Frank A. Arter of Ohio took up Kilhts' 

"It is time for us to go slow when we are 
asked to tie ourselves with the union men, 
who commit murder, theft and burglary," Ar- 
ter declared. 

"Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, I object." 
were shouts that came from a dozen throats. 

"A point of order," shouted former Gov- 
ernor Albert J. Wallace of California, who 
gained recognition. 

"I protest that that is no language to use 
from a Methodist platform; he charges a 
large class of men with crime." 

"The chair rules that the language was un- 
fortunate," said Bishop Lewis. 
Judge Killits sprang to his feet. 

"This is the beginning of an attempt to 
commit the Methodist church to union labor," 
he said. "Do you know what it means to 
have a preferential shop? In organized labor 
parlance, a preferential shop means the ulti- 
mate attainment of a closed shop. That pol- 
icy we ought not to consent to, representing 
as we do the humblest worker in our church. 

"If you adopt this preferential shop policy, 
understand that your foreman in your shops 
must be a union man, and that he and not 
your agents will hire your men. The plan 
is dangerous and un-Methcdistic in its con- 
sequences. A representative body like a court 
or a church cannot take this step." 

Dr. Harry F. Ward, head of the Methodist 
Social Service Federation of the Rock River 
conference, made an address in favor of the 
retention of the paragraphs and was fre- 
quentlv interrupted by applause. 

Twenty million persons are connected with 
organized labor. What you do will hindci- 
or help the advancement of the gospel in that 
group, the greatest unevangelized group in the 
world. The onlv way to cure the ills of or- 
ganized labor is to strenghten the hands of the 
Christian labor leaders. — Chicago Herald. 
Mav 13. 191G. 

How can a church of Christ unquali- 

fiedly endorse laljor unions as they exist 
to-day? Violence and bloodshed have 
characterized the history of unionism 
until this very hour and there does not 
seem to be any movement on the part of 
unions to suppress their own. violations 
of law, but rather, almost without ex- 
ception, union men will excuse and ap- 
prove the crimes of their co-unionists. 
Remember how the union men the na- 
tion over contributed to the defence of 
those infamous fiends, the McXamaras, 
paid by the unions to murder other la- 
boring men. The leaders involved in 
many of the union troubles, according 
to the daily press, are almost invariably 
former "gun men," some of whom have 
served time in the penitentiary for their 
crimes, and after their release they be- 
came officers of their respective unions 
— a reward for former services. The 
leaders of the Methodist church know 
these facts. They also know that those 
in control of the unions are not "Chris- 
tian labor leaders" who are seeking the 
aid of the Christian church. 

What does the ^lethodist church ex- 
pect to accomplish by unqualifiedly en- 
dorsing labor unions? Certainly not to 
put an end to labor outrages ; that is not 
to be hoped for. It is rather a clumsy 
attempt to capture a great organization 
for Methodism. 

It is the duty of the church to ap- 
prove righteousness and condemn sin. 
Every Christian approves the right of 
laborers to collective bargaining and co- 
operative service, but no Christian has 
a right to approve, without qualification. 
Unionism as it stands to-day. and the 
Methodist church will suft'er if it is suc- 
cessful in drawing into its membership 
great bodies of this class of ])eople. 
How much greater influence Methodism 
as a Christian church would have on 
Unionism if she were to demand that 
Unionism come to her with hantls 
cleansed from its crimes against em- 
ployers and non-union laborers who have 
an equal right with them to bargain 
with each other. 

Uniontown. Pa.. Jan. ii. toH") 
The C^■xos^KK is great. 1 enjo}- read 

ing it very much. 

Milks E. Pkitis 



June, 1916. 


Monarchs Show Growing Reluctance to 

Keep Active Connection With Craft. 

[Last montli we published an article by "Ex- 
Attache," on Political Freemasonry. The fol- 
lowing article, also by "Ex-Attache," is from 
the Xezc York Tribune IVcekly Reznew of 
July 9, 1904, and throws side lights on the polit- 
ical power of Alasonry. The subheads are 

Three monarchs — nameh', Edward 
A'll, the Kaiser and King Oscar — belong 
to the craft, and in each instance they 
have, since their accession to the throne, 
ceased to be active members and have 
severed their connection with the lodges 
to which they belonged, finding the obli- 
gations of sovereignty incompatible 
with those of the brotherhood. Thus, 
during the last year of Oueen Victoria's 
reign, the discovery that an atheistic Ma- 
sonic lodge, known as the Hiram Lodge, 
had been constituted in London under 
a charter from the Grand Orient of 
France, compelled the then Prince of 
Wales, in his capacity as Grand Master 
of the English Rite, to issue a somewhat 
violently worded decree directed against 
Frencli Alasons, denouncing them as be- 
yond the ^Masonic pale, and prohibiting 
British members of the order from hold- 
ing any Masonic intercourse with them. 
True, it was in keeping with the attitude 
assumed by the Grand Lodge of Eng- 
land in 1877, when the Grand Orient of 
France banished, so to speak, the Al- 
mighty from its lodges, excluding in the 
most rigorous fashion from its cere- 
monies all acknowledgement of or refer- 
ence to the Grand Architect of the Uni- 
verse. But in view of the role played by 
Masonry in the political life of France, 
where most of the leading statesmen, 
from the President of the republic and 
the Premier downward, are members of 
the craft, it was, to say the least, 
awkward, and it is easy to see that if cir- 
cumstances were to arise necessitating 
the issue of anot'her such attack upon 
French Masons by the English Grand 
Lodge, the connection of King Edward 
with the latter would not merely endow 
the manifesto with an official and inter- 
national character, but would be calcu- 
lated to. impair the friendly relations be- 
tween the two governments. 

This danger was brought home to the 

King within a few weeks after his aces- 
sion, for among the earliest petitions 
which he received after becoming King 
was an appeal signed, not only by a large 
number of Turkish Free Masons, but 
likewise by thousands of other members 
of the craft, calling upon him to use his 
influence to sectire the freedom of a 
brother Mason, ex-Sultan Murad, . who 
"for the last quarter of a century has 
been imprisoned at Constantinople on 
the pretext of a mental malady" by his 
younger brother, the present ruler of the 
Ottoman Empire. It was, perhaps, for- 
tunate that a few days before this peti- 
tion reached its destination Edward had 
surrendered the Grand Mastership of 
the order in England to his brother, the 
Duke of Connaught, since otherwise his 
Masonic obligations would have forced 
him to take some steps in behalf of 
Murad which might have clashed with 
the political interest of his kingdom. 

Napoleon III Caught in Masonic Trap. 

Emperor William, on succeeding to 
the throne, with the object of avoiding 
just such quandaries as these, hastened 
to sever his connection with the craft, 
nominating his cousin and brother-in- 
law. Prince Frederick Leopold, to the 
Grand Mastership, while King Oscar of 
Sweden showed similar prudence. Na- 
poleon III, however, neglected to take 
this precaution when he became Emperor 
of the French, and it was owing to his 
Masonic obligations that he gave such 
powerful suport to the United Italy 
party south of the Alps, in defiance of 
French interests. For it is hardly neces- 
sary to point out that it was to the ad- 
vantage of France that Italy should re- 
main divided up into a number of petty 
sovereignties, instead of constituting one 
united kingdom that would necessarily 
become a menace and a danger to 
France. Napoleon was a Mason of the 
Italian Rite, and he had joined the or- 
der in his youth, while living in Italy, 
and at a moment when the Italian lodges 
were the life and soul of the movement 
in favor of the unification of Italy, with 
Rome as its capital. When he ascended 
the throne of France he found it con- 
venient to forget his obligations. But 
Mazzini, who was one of the principal 
dignitaries of the Grand Orient of Italy, 
and other influential Italian Masons lost 

June, 1916. 



no time in reminding him of his solemn 
pledges, giving- him to understand that 
the enmity of the craft, and even punish- 
ment in the shape of death, would in- 
evitably overtake him unless he lived up 
to his promises. Not merely threats, but 
bona fide attempts upon his life, began 
to follow one upon another with startling 
rapidity, until in 1859 he, to the dismay 
of all his most sensible counsellors and 
friends, embarked France in a costly 
and wholly unnecessary war with Aus- 
tria, for the purpose of driving her out 
of Lombardy and of uniting the latter, 
as well as the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, 
the Duchy of Parma and a number of 
other petty sovereignties of the Penin- 
sula, to what was then known as the 
Kingdom of Sardina. He likewise gave 
very material support to the movement 
which resulted in the overthrow of the 
Kingdom of Naples and its absorption 
by what is now the Kingdom of Italy. 
Napoleon's Masonic friends demanded 
that he should help them to secure pos- 
session of Rome. But he realized that 
his subjects would not tolerate his tak- 
ing part as sovereign of France in any 
movement that had for its object the 
overthrow of the temporal sovereignty 
of the Pope, and that he would risk rev- 
olution and the loss of his throne if he 
continued any longer to yield to the de- 
mands of his Italian fellow Masons. It 
was then that he caused his cousin. 
Prince Murat, to become Grand Master 
of the French Free Masons, and pro- 
claimed his intention of protecting the 
craft in France in order thoroughly to 
make it clear, both in his own dominions 
and in Italy, that he had ceased to be a 
Mason or to be bound by his obligations 
as such, although he would remain a 
friend of the craft. And in order to 
give a token of his good w^ill to the lat- 
ter he issued a decree, bearing the date 
of 1862, legally recognizing and author- 
izing the existence of the Order of Free 
Masons in France. It is an irony of 
fate that this very fraternity should have 
become one of the chief factors in bring- 
ing about his downfall, and have con- 
stituted one of the chief obstacles to any 
monarchial restoration in France. 

(To be concluded.) 


Y'ou have gi\en )our solemn promise 
— witnessed by God and men — that you 
will not wrong your lodge to the value 
of anything. 

Can you keep this promise if you al- 
low your name to be dro])ped from the 
roll of your lod^c because \(ju owe it 
one year's dues? Can you allow your 
name to be dropped frtjm the roll of 
your lodge without committting }ourself 
to an absolute falsehood? 

Y^ou have had a year's protection of 
your lodge, and the great Order of Odd- 
Fellowship ; can you sneak out owing 
your lodge for this protection and be 
an honest man ? 

Before you finall\- decide to "slide 
out" by such a route get your Bible — or 
use the one in your lodge room — and 
read the story about the man and woman 
who undertook to tell God a falsehood 
to save paying their share of the tax. 

If you are really not able to pay your 
dues, be manly and tell your brothers 
that you cannot pay them ; and if you 
are telling the truth they will know it, 
and there is not a lodge in the jurisdic- 
tion that will not cheerfully pay the dues 
of such a brother. But, if you are 
tempted to tell a falsehood about it just 
to save yourself the money, read and re- 
read the story of Ananias and Sapphira : 
and remember that you are dealing with 
the same Jehovah whom they endeavored 
to deceive. If you do not think you are 
getting the worth of your money out of 
Odd-Fellowship, or if for any reason 
you want to quit the Order, be manly 
enough to remember your obligations, 
and be honest enough to pay for the 
year's protection you have already had 
and go out of the Order in a clean, legal, 
gentlemanly manner — don't sneak out by 
the Non-Payment of Dues Route. — Odci- 
Fellozvs' Nezvs, and reprinted in Odd- 
Felloivs' Herald. Springhcld. 111., ^hly 
I, 1916. 

If the editor of the Odd-Fclhws' \r:<'s 
would take his own advice and road the 
storv for himself he would discover that 
Ananias and Sapphira were not paying a 
"tax"; thev were making a free will of- 
fering to God. What a cheap attempt 
this is to drag in the Bible, Ananias. 
Sapphira. and Jehovah and use them as 
a collection agency for the Odd-Fellows' 
order ! 



June, 1916. 

3lot|n (Jpmurg Altams — i^txtl) ^rfstJif ttt Init^li BUUb 

[The following is the concluding portion oi 
yir. Adams' letter of August 22d, 1831, to the 
Bostoi Press, republished in part in the May, 
1916, Cynosure.] 

The use of the name of Washington 
to give an odor of sanctity to the insti- 
tution as it }}ozc stands exposed to the 
world is, in my opinion, as unwarrant- 
able as that of my father's name. On 
the mortal side of human existence there 
is no name for which I entertain a 
veneration more profound than for that 
of ^^^ashington. But he was never 
called to consider the Alasonic order in 
the hght in which it must now be 
viewed. If he had been, we have a 
pledge of what his conduct would have 
been far more authoritative than the 
mere fact of his having been a Mason 
can be in favor of the brotherhood."^ 

*Treating of the order of the Cincinnati, — 
a secret society composed of soldiers of the 
Revolution, — Mr. Jefferson says : "The un- 
easiness excited by this institution had very 
early caught the notice of General Washing- 
ton. Still recollecting all the purity of the 
motives which gave it birth, he became sensi- 
ble that it might produce political evils, which 
the warmth of those motives had masked. 
Add to this, that it was disapproved by the 
mass of citizens of the Union. This alone 
was reason strong enough in a country where 
the will of the majority is the law, and ought 
to be the law. He saw that the objects of the 
institution were too light to be opposed to 
considerations as serious as these ; and that it 
was become necessary to annihilate it abso- 
lutely. On this, therefore, he was decided. 
The first annual meeting at Philadelphia was 
now at hand. He went to that, determined 
to exert all his influence for its suppression. 
He proposed it to his fellow-officers, and 
urged it with all his powers. It met an op- 
position which was observed to cloud his face 
with an anxiety that the most distressful 
scenes of the war scarcely ever produced. It 
was canvassed for seven days, and, at length, 
it was no more a doubt what would be its 
ultimate fate. The order was on the point of 
receiving its annihilation by the vote of a great 
majority of its members." (Jefferson's Works, 
Vol. 1, page 418.) Owing to the influence of 
French envoys, — who were greatly tinctured 
with infidelity, and filled with the spirit of 
Red Republicanism, — the society, contrary to 
the ardent wish of Washington, did not dis- 
band; but it ivas modified. Mr. Jefferson's 
conclusive reasons for disapproval of such in- 
stitutions are given in the succeeding pages of 
his works, and they are mostly equally ap- 
plicable to all other secret orders. 

If you wish to know what the pledge 
is, please to consult the recently pub- 

lished writings of Thomas Jeffersori> 
vol. I., from page 416 to 422; and espe- 
cially the paragraph beginning at the 
middle of page 418. I would earnestly 
recommend the perusal and meditation 
of the whole passage to all virtuous and 
conscientious Masons, of whom I know 
there are great numbers. If they wish 
to draw precepts for their own conduct 
from the example and principles of 
Washington, or from the deliberate and 
anxious opinions and solicitude of Jef- 
ferson, they will find in those pages les- 
sons of duty for themselves which they 
might consider it as presumption in me 
to offer them. The application of the 
principles in a case not identically the 
same, but in every essential point of ar- 
gument similar, and in many respects 
from a weaker to a much stronger basis, 
I would leave to their own discretion, 
though first divested of its passions. It 
is, in my opinion, an unanswerable dem- 
onstration of the duty of every Mason 
in the United States at this day. 

I never heard and do not believe that 
the Rev. Dr. Bently ever delivered or 
published a sermon censuring my father 
for anything he had ever said upon the 
subject of Masonry. 

The electoral vote of Massachusetts 
in 1 80 1 zvas unanimous for my father. 

You are at liberty to make what use 
of this letter you please, giving notice 
if you publish it that it is an answer to 
a letter of inquiry received by me. 

I am, very respectfully, sir, Your obe- 
dient servant, 

John Quincy Adams. 


Berea College, down in the Kentucky 
Mountains, has discovered something new. 
The Southern states, eight of them, have 
each "a mountain back yard," and these 
bunched together constitute a region larger 
than New England, and more isolated than 
the Scotch highlands. 

The striking thing is that Berea finds these 
feudsmen and moonshiners not at all de- 
generates, but simply a people isolated and 
belated. As they live and think, so lived 
and thought our ancestors in colonial times. 

The Berea Quarterly for April tells of the 
various educational adaptations which have 
been devised to help these "Abe Lincoln sort 
of folks" catch up with their neighbors in 

June, 1916. 



more favored places. There are 3,000,000 of 
them and it is no small undertaking. Berea 
has large numbers of students from five of 
these eight states, and as the writer puts it 
— "It is our task to help the mountain com- 
munities take in one generation, those steps 
of progress which have occupied four or five 
generations in the more favored parts of the 
country. With large companies of students 
from five of the eight mounta'in states wc 
have right on our own campus a perpetual 
conference over conditions, needs, methods 
and results. This gathering of students from 
different states promotes comparison, and 
makes Berea a cradle of mountain patriotism. 
We expect to help the mountains chiefly 
through their own children. If we can take 
care of young Lincoln and his sister now, they 
will take the mountain problem off our hands 
in the next generation !" 



A Lutheran pastor should refuse the 
request to officiate at the burial of an 
unbeliever also because such a request is 
in itself unreasonable. Why should the 
Christian church, through the presence 
of the Christian pastor who represents 
it, accord Christian honors to a man who 
not only was not a member of the 
church, but despised the church and her 
ministry ? 

A military funeral, with all the honors 
of the army or navy, is accorded only 
to the soldier; if such a funeral were 
requested for a civilian, it would be de- 
nied as improper ; as unreasonable. Is 
the church of Jesus Christ less than the 
army or navy, and are the rites and hon- 
ors which she bestows to her departed 
members less sacred than those which 
a country shows those who had enlisted 
for her protection and defense? 

No secret society or fraternal organ- 
ization will bury such as did not belong 
to it; for what reason, then, should the 
church of Jesus Christ be expected to 
bury those "who did not only not belong 
to the church, but refused to be known 
as her members? Having despised the 
church while they were living, why 
should the honors of the church be 
shown them when dead? The request 
made to a Christian pastor to bury an 
unbeliever is an unreasonable one, and 
for this reason also the Christian pastor 
should refuse it and act according to the 
principle : A Christian burial for Chris- 
tions only.— Rev. O. C. Kreinheder, in 
Lutheran Herald, April 20, 1Q16. 

Rev. J. L. iiebce, hrccmason and pas- 
tor, challenges Rev. F. E. Allen, Presi- 
dent, Neljraska Christian Association, 
and also a pastor, to a dcljate on the 
lodge (juestion. Do not miss what is said 
about it in this numljcr. W'c will ]>rint 
cUi article from Rev. \\. l-\ Hester, 
of liurr Oak, Kansas, who was in at- 
tendance, in our Jul\' nuinljcr. The 
local press of the city where the debate 
took place is lodge controlled and hence, 
on the whole, a very one-sided report of 
the debate was given. The editor of the 
Webster County Argus says editorially : 
"As a matter of entertainment, the de- 
bate was a great success, but many of 
those who attended it are extremely 
doubtful as to whether, as a whole, its 
results were good." The majority of 
the audience were said to be lodge men, 
and we may rest assured that if Rev. 
J\Ir. Bebee had not found more than his 
match in Rev. ]\Ir. Allen there would 
have been no ''doubts." 


The rigid exclusion of politics from 
secret societies is impressively demon- 
strated in the March issue of the JJ'ood- 
men Nezvs, an organ of the W. C). W'., 
published in Omaha, Nebraska. Tlu'ce 
portraits are shown in separate places, 
where they arc accompanied by tlie fol- 
lowing matter, displayed in advertising 
type and style : 

''Sov. Frank C. Best, republican can- 
didate for county commissioner ( 5th 
district — 5th, r)th. Qth and 12th wards, 
and East Omaha precinct). Second term. 
Member of Alpha Cam]\ No. i. Has a 
good record. \^ote for him." 

'A\:)te for Sovereign Sam K. Croon - 
leaf, chief clerk, county and city treas- 
urer's office. Republican candidate for 
county clerk." 

"\'(ito for Sovereign T. F. Bcisol. re- 
publican candidate iov county treasurer. 
Thirty vears in Omaha. Twenty years 
deputy treasurer. Primaries, April iSth. 

In an editorial, tlio April number of 
the W'oodiuoi \'c:<'s announces that 



June, 1916. 

"The large number of political adver- 
tisements in this issue of the JVoodnien 
Xcws should serve as a reminder to the 
readers of this paper that the primaries 
are close at hand. They should not 
merely peruse the announcements of the 
various candidates for office, but also 
cast their vote for the later on April i8. 
Every ^^"'oodman should consider it his 
special duty to indicate his preference 
for those candidates at the primaries 
who are either affiliated with us or be- 
lieve in the principles of fraternal in- 
surance. xA.s the majority of those as- 
piring to nomination and election are 
members of our society and several of 
them have proven their efficiency as 
public officials in the past as well as in 
the present, they undoubtedly deserve 
the active " support of the entire mem- 
bership in Greater Omaha." 


One is reminded of the readiness with 
which the order can produce an apron 
Washington wore, a chair he presided 
in. or almost anything "While you wait," 
by the offer of evident proof mentioned 
in the following extract from the Life 
of John Ouincy Adams. It begins on 
page 209 of that volume in the "States- 
man Series" of the Riverside Press. The 
reader will enjoy the incident if he is 
familiar with a terrific arraignment of 
the order by "The Old Man Eloquent." 

His biographer says : "Few men in 
public life have been subjected to trials 
of temper so severe as vexed Mr. Adams 
during his presidential term. To play an 
intensely exciting game strictly in accord- 
ance with rigid moral rules of the player's 
own arbitrary enforcement, which are 
utterly repudiated by a less scrupulous 
antagonist, can hardly tend to promote 
contentment and amiability. Neither 
are slanders and falsehoods mollifying 
applications to a statesman inspired with 
an upright and noble ambition. Mr. 
Adams bore such assaults, ranging from 
the charge of having corruptly bought 
the presidency down to that of being a 
Freemason, with such grim stoicism as 
he could command. The disappearance 
and probable assassination of Morgan 
at this time led to a strong feeling 
throughout the country against Fk-ee- 
masonry, and the Jackson men at once 

proclaimed abroad that Adams was one 
of the brotherhood, and offered, if he 
should deny it, to produce the records of 
the lodge to which he belonged. The al- 
legation was false ; he was not a Ma- 
son, and his friends urged him to say so 
publicly ; but he replied bitterly that his 
denial would probably at once be met by 
a complete set of forged records of a 
fictitious lodge, and the people would 
not know whom to believe." 


We cull the following short extracts 
from an extended article credited to the 
Odd-Fello'iv Herald, to which it was 
originally contributed. The writer speaks 
of backsliders from Odd-Fellowship, and 
explains that the term backslide is not 
"exclusive to" what he names the re- 
ligious realm. He says : "During the 
year 1914 there were received into the 
lodges of Illinois, by initiation, card and 
reinstatement, 8,953 members. But with- 
in the same period there were dropped 
from membership, by card, resignation, 
suspension, non-payment of dues, expul- 
sion and death, 6,422." Counting out 
withdrawal cards, which could be used 
in joining elsewhere, and deaths, "The 
remainder of dropped members, total- 
ing the unsightly number of 4,271, 
might, to a minimum of margin, have 
been saved to the order. These 4,271 
are backsliders from the order." . . . 
"Last year only 672 were reinstated." 
. . , "The backsliding habit is altogether 
too prevalent, and is growing instead of 
shrinking. Last year it was necessary 
for Illinois to secure 4,271 new mem- 
bers, merely to hold our own. We had 
to secure these before we could count 
one for gain. Brethren, if we do not 
seek to assimilate our members as we 
secure them, this creeping horror, the 
backslider, will, in the end, defeat us — 
will eat us up." 


When the editor of a secret society 
paper is so much disturbed in mind, he 
ought to be excused for mixed expres- 
sions such as the one which has provided 
us with an amusing heading for for this 
attempt to show what else he tried to 
say. He probably would not go so far 
as to call the members "sissies," never- 

June, 1916. 



theless he rather broadly intimates that 
they are a flock of geese or gulls. This 
is the way he breaks forth at the be- 
ginning: "Some of our sister fraterni- 
ties keep talking about adequate rates, 
through their official organs. 'Adequate 
rates,' analyzed, is absolutely a foolish 
if not a crazy idea, that has sprung into 
existence of the old line insurance com- 
pany emissaries in the national con- 
gresses of fraternal orders, and taken up 
by some of the leaders of fraternal or- 
ders without thinking what it meant." A 
little later he asserts that "The biggest 
asset which fraternal orders have is the 
right to make as many assessments as 
necessary to pay their death losses." 
Passing by other items included in the 
attack, we note the preference given to 
numerous assessments over adequate 
rates, and ask why it is not better to col- 
lect through all the years of life an 
average rate that is adequate to support 
the claim until death, instead of collect- 
ing an amount which will become too 
small after the first few years, and col- 
lecting it oftener as age advances with 
its increasing death losses? Fraternal 
insurance has the distinctive peculiarity 
of failing to make its premiums smaller, 
in effect, for old people. On the other 
hand, it is the only kind that demands 
money either in larger payments or else 
in more frequent payments, while its 
patrons grow old and infirm. What dif- 
ference does it make to an old man 
whether he pays just as many times in 
the year, doubling each payment, or 
makes the same payment twice as often? 
"'Small odds 'twixt tweedle dum and 
tweedle dee." 


Having already sworn in every degree 
from the third to conceal every personal 
secret except murder and treason, in the 
seventh degree a Mason renews the oath, 
removing the two exceptions. Many w'ho 
participated in the rebellion must have 
taken this oath in the South, where Ma- 
sonry survived the results of the Morgan 
exposure, which was mode destructive 
of lodges in the North. Treason has 
always been treated with severity by na- 
tional governments, yet has not been uni- 
formlv defined nor identically punished. 

Jt should n(jt be lightly or loosely men- 
tioned, nor should its name be misap- 
plied to every case of disloyalty. Tak- 
ing these five oaths may conflict with 
true loyalty, and it may lead to actual 
treason, yet the act itself is not in the 
legal sense treasonable. Even assassina- 
tion of a president has never been pun- 
ished as treason. Loose and misdirected 
charges are perilous because the crime 
is serious, and because the accuser, if 
brought to book, is liable to fail of mak- 
ing good his own defense. 

The constitution provides only two 
ways in which conviction for treason 
can be attained: confession, which is 
valid only when made in "open court" ; 
and testimony, given by not less than 
two witnesses, w-ho must both testify to 
the very same "overt act." The nature 
of that overt act is clearly specified in 
the constitutional definition of treason: 
it may consist in "levying war" against 
the United States ; or it may take the 
form of "adhering to their enemies, giv- 
ing them aid and comfort." That noth- 
ing else shall be accounted treason could 
not be more clearly indicated. "Treason 
against the United States shall consist 
only in" one of these specified actions. 
Of course, levying war involves organ- 
ized and armed rebellion. Enemies, as 
contemplated in this definition, are no 
other than outside nations which have 
already declared war or begun to wage 
war against this nation. It follows, that 
no felony committed in time of peace 
can receive the name or punishment of 
treason. It must be classified under 
some other designation, for treason can 
be committed onl}- during a period of 
war. The gravity of such a crime, and 
the severity of its punishment, should 
guard against unwarranted emplcnmcnt 
of its name. 


Carl von r>ardi. a forger, is indicted 
for passing a bogus $3.(>o<^ check. The 
CJiicago Herald of Mav 13. iot6. says 
that Von Bardi was known in Swedish- 
American circles in Chicago and Rock- 
ford. Illinois, under \arious aliases, and 
was initiated at R(u-klor(l into the Ma- 
sonic and Odd-Fellow lodges. 

Wake up. Masons and Odd-Fellows! 
Rally to the defense oi your lodge broth- 


June, 1916. 

er. He has not broken your codes. His 
offense is only against the laws of the 


A communication tilling exactly a 
column of a leading secret society organ 
is signed, "Sidney Love, N. C. Odd Fel- 
low," and. headed, "Impressions from a 
Xew ^Member." The two characteriza- 
tions suggest the question whether "N. 
C." stands for Newly Caught. "The 
gentleman who," as he says, "requested 
me to become a member told of the three 
cardinal points. Friendship, Love, and 
Truth." Charmed by these encouraging 
words, and fascinated by the "men of 
character" who had already joined, he 
went confidently into the cave within 
whose mysterious depths friendship, 
love, and truth lay hidden. Among re- 
sulting "expressions from" this new 
member, we copy the following as 
throwing light on the way some men 
feel while they are initiated : 

"To say that I understood what was 
going on would be folly. I was in the 
care and keeping of another. Only once, 
during that great, impressive ritual, 
could I understand the meaning of all 
this solemnity. My mind was entranced. 
My thoughts wxre turned heavenward ; 
and the voice of that young man who 
long ago felt the sheltering wings of the 
orphanage, but who to-day is a credit to 
the city he lives in, sounded like that of 
the great eternal God's messenger, tell- 
ing me that life will come to a close." 

Any of our readers who are interested 
to know what the man who is a credit to 
the city said to him when he gave him 
the startling information that life will 
come to a close (information of which 
he would have been destitute if he had 
not been entranced by initiation) can 
read it in "Revised Odd-Fellowship" in 
the Initiatory degree. The candidate, 
having been led about blindfolded and 
in "the care and keeping of another," 
suddenly felt the hoodwink pulled off 
and found himself standing before a 
coffin, which appeared to contain the 
dead. "My friend," said his conductor, 
"that gloomy monitor is but an emblem 
of what you are sure to be and what 
you may soon become." The Right 
Scene Supporter added the information 
— unknown save to the initiated — that 

"Death is in the world, and the spoiler 
is among the works of the Almighty. 
All that is born must die." -, ..; 

■ ,./ 'A.' 


Miss Joanna P. Moore, 83 years of 
age and for more than fifty years a Bap- 
tist missionary among the negroes, who 
died Sunday in Selma, Ala., is said by 
officials of the Woman's American Bap- 
tist Flome Missionary Society of Chicago 
to have been the most widely known mis- 
sionary worker among the colored people 
in the South. 

She began her work in 1863. She 
edited a paper which had a paid circu- 
lation of 16,000 and is the author of 
many books and pamphlets. A few years 
ago she retired and has since been cared 
for by the society. She was born in 
Clarion county, Pa., Sept. 26, 1832. 

She was buried in Nashville, Tenn., 
which was the center of her activities 
for many years. 

Lizzie Woods Roberson writes : "We 
colored women of the South lost our 
dearest friend on earth. Miss J. P. 
Moore, for we did not know how to serve 
the Lord until he sent that blessed wom- 
an to show us the way. If she looks 
over the ramparts of heaven she will see 
her child (that is what she called me) 
going from house to house telling the 
beautiful story of Jesus' love. I loved 
her like a mother. My heart is nearly 
broken but I know the Judge of all the 
earth does right." 


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The question : "Resolved, That mod- 
ern secret societies are a moral, religious 
and social benefit to mankind," was de- 
bated for two evenings in Red Cloud, 
Nebraska, on May 4th and 5th. The 
affirmative was upheld by Rev. J. L. 
Beebe, pastor of a United Church of 
Red Cloud, the negative by Rev. F. E. 
Allen, pastor of the Reformed Presby- 
terian Church of Superior, Nebraska, 
and President of the Nebraska Christian 

The stenographers of the lodges have 
a full report. We are making an effort 
to secure a copy, but it is very doubtful 
if the lodges ever have it written up and 
published, though they doubtless would 
do so if it had been as favorable to 
them as they had hoped. The debate was 
proposed by Rev. Mr. Beebe, who urged 
it on behalf of the lodges of Red Cloud. 

Rev. Mr. Allen's Report. 

Superior, Nebraska, May 10, 1916. 

The Field Agent of the National 
Christian Association, Rev. Mead A. 
Kelsey, recently visited a number of 
towns in the vicinity of Superior, Ne- 
braska, as he was advertising the con- 
ference which was to be held here, and 
distributed antisecret literature in each 
of these towns. He had special oppor- 
tunity to reach the people of Red Cloud, 
as they were holding revival services at 
that time. He stood at the door as the 
people were leaving and handed out 
tracts. Rev. J. L. Beebe secured some 
of this literature and wrote me that he 
supposed we were sincere in our opposi- 
tion to secret societies, and, if so, we 
ought to be willing to have our oppo- 
sition scrutinized before the world. He 
asked us to select a debater to meet him 
in joint debate to discuss the subject in 
Red Cloud. The writer was urged to 
take the matter up with Rev. Mr. Beebe, 
and did so. 

I believe that the Lord answers prayer, 
that he aids those who fear and serve 
him, and that he will not permit his 
name to be dishonored without a mani- 
festation of his displeasure. The Lord 
gave me strength for the work, both in 

preparation and speaking, and it seemed 
to some, at least, that my adversary was 

There were a number of sym])athizers 
in the audience wliose radiant faces were 
a great aid to me during the debate. It 
was apparent that the larger nuniljer 
present were friends of the Iodide, and 
for that reason those who were for us 
were the more noticeable and helpful. 
Members of the Church of l^rethren of 
Red Cloud took a decided interest in the 
discussion, as did also some of the W'es- 
leyan Methodists from more distant 
points. When men drive thirt)- miles to 
hear a debate, as some of the Wesleyan 
brethren did, one knows that they are 
really in earnest about the subject, and 
the speaker feels that they at least ap- 
preciate his efforts to present the truth. 

My proofs for most of the statements 
which I made as to the falsity of the 
religion of the lodge ; the manner in 
which they dishonor Christ and mutilate 
the Bible ; the religious symbols and 
ceremonies which are a false imitation 
of the true religion ; the inhumanity and 
disgracefulness of some of their initia- 
tions, and the immorality of their oaths 
were taken almost entirel}' from their 
own acknowledged authorities, and hence 
my statements could not be successfully 
denied. For instance, the Masojiic J'oicc- 
Review (a monthlv magazine of Chi- 
cago, one of the oldest and best of the 
Masonic publications) recommends the 
Macoy Publishing" and ^Masonic Supply 
Co. of NeW' York. I wrote to this com- 
pany asking about the ?^Iasonic cipher 
codes, particularly about "Ecce Orienti" 
and 'T\ing Solomon" (the secret work 
of the first three iMasonic degrees), and 
received a letter from them saving that 
"King Solomon" was the \cry latest for 
the Nebraska jurisdiction, and stating 
that they could furnish it to me. Thus 
T had acknowledged ^^lasonic authi^rity 
recommending the latest cipher code,' 
"King Solomon," and t'roni this I read. 
I had also a letter from Redding and Co.,. 
another Masonic jiublisliing innise, stat- 
ing that they had a s])ecial edition o£ 
"Ecce Orienti" for tliis jurisdiction'. 
which book 1 also ha^l. If they iiad 
denied these cipher codes they would 
have had to admit that they are guilty 
of open deception in their magazines 



June, 1916. 

and through their pubiishing houses. I 
told my audience that there is practically 
no dilference between ''Ecce Orienti" 
and "King Solomon" in the published 
statement of the Masonic oaths ; and 
that I could read from either, but since 
"King Solomon" had been especially rec- 
ommended by their own authorities, I 
would read from it. Rev. Mr. Beebe 
did not attempt to deny the authenticity 
of these cipher codes or the statements 
of the oaths as read. ■ . 

With reference to their criminality in 
prohibition Kansas I had such undenia- 
ble proof as a copy of the federal rec- 
ord of special taxpayers of Kansas, 
showing that at least 17 lodges of Kan- 
sas had taken out Federal licenses to re- 
tail liquor in that dry state, especially 
the Eagles and Elks and Moose orders. 
I showed from reports that it is espe- 
cially difficult to raid these lodges in 
order to stop the bootlegging, since the 
officers of the town and county are often 
members of one or more of them and 
always give them the tip. When they 
were raided successfully it was under 
the direction of the Attorney General of 
the state, who slipped up on them with- 
out any announcement. I had also a re- 
port of an investigating committee of 
Chicago showing that a large per cent 
of the lodges meet in buildings where 
the proprietors permit the illegal sale of 
liquor, and that many of the lodges are 
engaged in it. 

In order to show the disgracefulness 
of the lodge initiations I had catalogues 
of lodge paraphernalia put out by their 
own supply houses : the branding out- 
fits, electric carpets, guillotines, judg- 
ment stands, sawmills, tossing blankets, 
fountain goats (this is a goat which has 
a hidden fountain which can be operated 
while the candidate is riding), spanking 
machines (one of these is said never to 
fail to explode), altars from which 
springs a skeleton as the candidate is 
before it, and electric chairs, are all ad- 
vertised for use in lodge initiations. The 
advertisements alone show how debased 
is the taste which will indulge in such 
initiatory ceremonies. They also show 
why candidates are sometimes killed dur- 
ing initiation. Such rough performances 
must inevitably result at times in serious 

One does not, therefore, need to take 
the word of seceders or merely go to 
lodge exposures to get the truth as; to 
the corrupting influences and the false 
worship of the lodge. The secret lodge 
is one of the greatest corrupting influ- 
ences of modern times, both as to morals 
and religion, therefore every lover of 
truth and purity of worship ought to be 
thoroughly posted on this subject, so as 
to be able to show the evils of the lodge 
whenever he has an opportunity to do so. 

Permit me to give you an illustration 
or two, in order to show how easily one 
may answer false arguments : Rev. Mr. 
Beebe attempted to justify the prayers 
of the lodge by saying that the name of 
Christ is not found in the Lord's Prayer. 
I replied that Christ, though not named, 
was definitely referred to in the Lord's 
Prayer. We pray, "forgive us our debts," 
but there is no forgiveness of sin ex- 
cept through Jesus Christ. Moreover, 
Mackey explains in his ritualist (p. 56) 
that the name of Christ has been left out 
as being too sectarian for the religion of 
the Masonic lodge. 

Again Rev. Mr. Beebe attempted to 
justify the lodge prayers by saying, 
"The name of Christ was found in their 
prayers," and to prove it he read from 
a book which gave an account of a 
lodge convention. In reply, I said that 
he had evidently given us a prayer of 
the Knights Templar, and I admitted 
the Knights Templar lodge did permit 
the name of Christ in their ritual and 
prayers, that I had so stated in a for- 
mer argument, but in order to become a 
Knight Templar one had to build on a 
foundation of seven degrees of Masonry 
which excluded Christ. 

In another portion of the argument 
Mr. Beebe attempted to show that 
the symbolism of the lodge was that 
of the Bible and that Christ was hon- 
ored and the Bible expounded in the 
explanation of these symbols, such as 
the altar, the stone, etc. I replied by 
saying that the symbols of Masonry did 
not necessarily refer to the Bible at all 
and were never interpreted as symboliz- 
ing Christ. Then I proved it by reading 
a statement from The Builder of April, 
1916 (a Masonic magazine), which says, 
"Therefore, whether uttered by Jesus, 
Buddha or Mohammed, the message of 

June, 1916. 



truth is the same to me. . . . Hence 
there is, and can be, no sectarianism in 
Freemasonry, for each may interpret the 
symbol for himself and all will be right, 
however they may seem to disagree." 

In another argument my opponent 
claimed that the lodge had shielded the 
Bible from destructive higher criticism ; 
while many ministers had tried to tear 
the Bible to pieces, the lodges had stood 
against this and for the integrity of the 
Bible. I replied by quoting from 
Mackey's Ritualist an explanation of the 
word ''Tetragrammaton," supposed to 
be the Greek term for the Hebrew word 
Jehovah, in which Mackey says that the 
communication of the name of Jehovah 
was first made at the "burning bush" to 
Moses, but the fact is that the name 
Jehovah was revealed, according to the 
second chapter in the Bible, 2,500 years 
before Moses saw the burning bush. 
The claim of various lodge writers that 
the name Jehovah was not known until 
the time of Moses is the rankest sort of 
destructive higher criticism. 

Rev. J. L. Beebe is counted as one of 
the best debaters and orators in this part 
of the state, but sham logic and oratory 
cannot stand before the truth. The prin- 
ciples of the Word of God and the open 
life have stood the test of sword and 
logic through the centuries, and if we 
are only posted from the viewpoint of 
Scripture, lodge publications and prac- 
tice we can put to flight the most valiant 
and most conceited opponents of light 
and truth. 

(Rev.) F. E. Allen. 


The executive committee of the Iowa 
Christian Association met at Oskaloosa, 
Iowa, April 26, 1916. Five of the of- 
ficers were present. It was agreed to 
hold our next Convention in October. 
The place has not yet been decided. It 
is generally agreed that we had a good 
Convention at Pella last October, and 
we fully expect to have another as good 
next fall. In order to have a success- 
ful meeting, and do effective work 
throughout the State, it is essential that 
every one feel a sense of personal re- 
sponsibility. Every officer and member 
of the Association should be alive to the 
hio'h aim which we have before us. We 

stand as children of the light in opposi- 
tion to the works of darkness. We need 
the hearty co-operation of all in this 
great work. 

We also need the financial support of 
all who are in sympathy with the aim of 
the Association. Several hundred (1(j1- 
lars are needed to carry c^n our State 
work, as it should be done. We earn- 
estly ap])eal to our friends in Ifjwa to 
help this work by liberal c<jntriljutions. 
If moral reforms are worth while, it is 
worth financial sacrifice to secure them. 
If we are willing to contribute our 
means to the overthrow of the drink 
curse, let us give a liberal support to 
that cause which is contending against 
that enemy of home and church and na- 
tion, the Secret Lodge System. Our 
treasurer. Rev. A. H. Brat, Otley, Iowa, 
will be glad to receive contributions for 
the help of the work in Iowa. 

A. M. Malcolm, President, I. C. A. 

Albia, Iowa. 


The Executive Committee of the Iowa 
Christian Association met April 26th in 
the Bible College at Oskaloosa, to plan 
for our Annual State meeting in ( )cto- 

The following members were present : 
Pres. A. M. Malcolm, Treas. A. H. 
Brat. Secy. E. A. Taylor, Prof. T. D. 
Ferguson and Vice Pres. S. E. Greer, 
who acted as secretary pro tem. until 
the regular secretary arrived. Rev. A. 
H. Brat opened the meeting w itli jMayer. 

It w^as decided to hold the annual 
State convention in October, 1916. and 
to have three public sessions and also a 
workers' conference. The time and 
place of the meeting will ])e announced 

Rev. S. E. Greer was cliosen to repre- 
sent the Iowa Christian Association at 
the Annual Meeting of the National 
Christian Association at Chicago. The 
treasurer reported $6r in the treasury. 
After prayer by E. A. Taylor, there be- 
ine no further business, the meeting ad- 

On ni\- return to Griswold. Iowa. 
from the tnoeling o\ the Iowa Executive 
Committee. 1 xisited some parties in Des 
Moines, with a view of enlisting them 



June, 1916. 

for our fall meetiiiP'. but in this I failed. 
Brother Lawrence \^^rig:ht is a great 
evangelist among the Church of Christ 
people and is heartily in sympathy with 
our work, but he will be in a meeting in 
Kansas at that time, and cannot promise 
us he will take part in the meeting or 
be present. He says he always closes 
his meeting with one evening devoted 
to the lodge question. He further states 
it is ver}^ difficult for him to get work 
any more in this brotherhood, owing 
to lodge opposition. He has w^on lots 
of battles, and led many from the Se- 
cret System. I next called on Dr. Chas. 
Medbury of the University Place Church 
of Christ, and endeavored to enlist him 
in our move, but in vain. He seemed 
to think the lodge did not interfere in 
any way with his work, although many 
of his members are lodge people. He 
does not belong to any lodge, although he 
has been an Odd-Fellow, but objects to 
being classed as a seceder. 

One word to the readers of the Cyno- 
sure — we must have money to make 
this work move in Iowa, and Rev. A. 
H. Brat, of Otely, has done excellent 
work thus far, but we very much need 
about $800 for the year's work. Please 
come to our aid and support those on 
the firing line. Those who do not want 
to make an open fight on the lodge, and 
yet realize the evil of it, can do no bet- 
ter than donate large sums of money to 
the cause. 

I believe the best way to reach the 
public in general is through the publica- 
tions of the National Christian Associa- 
tion. Yours in the Work, 

E. A. Taylor, D. D. S., Secretary. 

A former president of our associa- 
tion. Rev. Johannes Groen, of Grand 
Rapids, Michigan, escaped sudden death 
last month by only a hair's breadth. He 
was met on the street by a man who 
suddenly pulled a revolver from his 
pocket and without a word fired at Rev. 
Dr. Groen when they were not more 
than eight feet apart. A second shot 
followed as quick as the man could pull 
the trigger, but neither shot took effect. 
We congratulate our brother upon his 
escape and thank God for it. 


The attendance was largely local and 
the audiences at the five sessions aver- 
aged from 150 to 300. The speaking 
was done chiefly by President Blanchard 
and Field Agent Kelsey. The interest 


was all that could be desired. The tes- 
timony of several seceders made a strong 
impression. In one respect it was like 
the meetings in former years when 
speakers were in danger. At the close 
of one of the evening sessions, a small 
crowd had gathered at the door and 
when one of the speakers appeared : 
"Here he comes," said one, and an- 
other, 'T wish I had a brick." It really 
looked interesting and it is mentioned 
here to show that the addresses of 
Brethren Kelsey and Blanchard reached 
the consciences of those that were in at- 
tendance. We are only able to give this 
one item. Next month we hope to have 
a report both from Rev. Mr. Kelsey and 
the pastor of the church, Rev. Mr. 

June, 1910. 



In Cerro Gordo, Illinois, there are the 
following lodges and meml:)ers : 200 
members Independent Order of Odd- 
Fellows, 65 members Knights of Pythias, 
100 members Freemasons, about 100 
Modern Woodmen of America. The 
population of Cerro Gordo is about 
1 ,000. 


We desire to call attention to what is 
being done in a radical line of reform, 
the only organized movement of the 
churches against a strongly fortified and 
deeply intrenched opposition. The 
Washington State Christian Association 
is that working force in the northwest 
for enlightening the people — especially 
the young people — concerning the nature 
and practices of Secret Societies. 

Already this organization has listed 
over 900 names of Freshmen of the 
University of Washington this school 
year, to whom we are appealing by 
sending the booklets, ^'College Fraterni- 
ties" and "Fraternities in State Schools." 
We need $5.85 to pay the cost of this 

In order to come in touch with mem- 
bers of twenty-four testifying denom- 
inations and periodicals favorable to 
antisecrecy, and to effect organizations,, 
local and district associations auxiliary 
to the state, we hereby solicit the name 
of every friend in this section for mem- 
bership, and we feel that you are willing 
to give us of your means and influence. 

Publicity will arouse people to action 
and create sentiment against the lodge. 
As a valuable aid to reach the public, a 
Neostyle, of latest make, No. 8 F, has 
been recently installed, with only $20 
balance needed just now to meet the last 
payment. It will save much expense 
and time. Help us, please. 

That secret societies exist in our com- 
munities is generally known, but that 
they exist contrary to the Word of God 
and the spirit of Christianity, and some 
of them in open antagonism to Jesus 
Christ, is not so well known. 

We most cordially and earnestly in- 
vite the friends of Christ to join us in 
making manifest the nature and work- 
ing's of these societies. Jesus said. 
"Whatsoever doth make manifest is 

light," and "Ye arc the light of the 
world." lie has taught us to let our 
light shine before men. This work is 
one medium for dispensing the light. 

Your name, your moral support, your 
])rayers, and, if God ])ermit, sour con- 
tribution of money, with your- applica- 
tion for memljershij), will greatly aid in 
this work. 

We solicit corres])on(lciice with any 
who are interested in the new avenues 
of work recently started. Kindly an- 
swer at least, and ask for sample co[)y 
of the Christian Cvnoslr]-:. 

J. K. Odell, Secretary-Treas. 

Edmonds, Washington. 

At the meeting of the lioard (jf Di- 
rectors on May 8th, the following fra- 
ternal delegates were appointed : To 
visit the Reformed Presbyterian S\nofi, 
meeting in Chicago, June 8th, Rev. M. 
P. F. Doermann ; to visit the Synod of 
the Christian Reformed Church which 
convenes June 21st, Rev. (ierrit J. 1 laan. 
Each of these delegates is a mcml)er of 
the Board of Directors. 

A correspondent who has made special 
study of the Woodmen of the World ex- 
presses his astonishment that since its 
religion is so clearly man-made and its 
god not the God of the liible, and its 
side degrees "dirty beyond description" 
— he is surprised that a Judge in his dis- 
trict, and a member of the W. (X W., 
should declare that this order is 
"founded on the lUblc." The Judge 
adds that Catholics, Episcopalians. Bap- 
tists and Methodists, as well as a good 
many non-church members, cc^mprise its 
makeup; and that many Jews are among 
its membership, to whom "wc are nuich 
indebted," says the Judge, for ■many of 
them are our best citizens." \\ hat the 
judge, and others like him. nccil-^ is told 
them in Rev. FlTiiS. "1 counsel thee to 
1)U^• of me ■■' '" '■' white raiment, that 
thou mayest be clothed and that the 
shame of thy nakedness do not appear : 
and anoint thine e\es with eye sal\c 
thou mayest see." Salvatic^i will sep- 
nratc men from such an (^rder and the 
Word will enable them to see tlie reason 
win- the\- nuist separate themselves 'rom 
such secret associati(^ns. 



June, 1916. 



I am writing on the eve of the Illinois 
Conference to be held at Cerro Gordo 
in the church of the Brethren. Presi- 
dent C. A. Blanchard will be the chief 
speaker and we anticipate a most help- 
ful gathering. ._■■ . 

Since my last report a great debate 
occurred at Red Cloud, Nebraska, in 
which a Rev. J. L, Beebe of that place 
was the champion of the lodges, and Rev. 
F. E. Allen of Superior, President of the 
Nebraska Christian Assspciation, was 
the defender of the Truth. I refer to it 
because it was an aftermath of the Ne- 
braska campaign. Lasting two nights, 
before an audience of 600, gives it a 
large significance, and the benefit to our 
cause is undoubted. Those who are look- 
ing for tokens of progress in the anti- 
secrecy work should keep an eye on Ne- 
braska. ' ; 

Mv work in Illinois this month in- 
cluded visits to many places, including 
Harvey, Naperville, Forest, Chatsworth, 
Oilman, Watseka, Hoopeston, Danville, 
Georgetown, Olivet, Auburn, Virden, 
Girard, Alhambra, Marissa, Tilden, 
Greenville, Efiingham and Areola. In 
ten of these places I have given ad- 
dresses — in one place two, and in two 
places I have preached sermons. In the 
others I have done personal work which 
may mean quite as much as the more 
public service. 

The month records visits to three col- 
leges. The first was Naperville college 
where President Seager kindly opened 
the way for an address at the chapel 
hour. In this way I reached probably 
350 young people with my message. The 
significance of such an opportunity can 
only be conjectured. Later I enjoyed 
a similar privilege at Olivet college, 
near Georgetown, only here the meeting 
was held at night so as to afford more 
time and an opportunity for others from 
the community to attend. This meeting 
I regarded as markedly successful, and 
the moral support of the faculty and of 
others was good. The same was true of 
the meeting just held at Greenville, 
where President Burrett made the ar- 
rangements. It, too, was in the evening 
and in a church across from the college 
campus. There was a good sprinkling 

of students in an audience largely made 
up of other members of the community. 
It is an exceptionally busy time with 
students and they are excusable for not 
coming out in as large numbers as we 
would have liked. 

I have not space to speak in particu- 
lar of the churches and friends of the 
cause which have contributed to the 
success of this campaign, but all have 
been duly appreciated. 

My personal work has contributed its 
usual Quota of interestins^ incidents. In 
one instance, a clergyman who is a Ma- 
son, stoutly defended the omission of 
Christ's name from the lodge ritual, and 
told how, at the burial of a certain dis- 
tinguished Hebrew, he was appointed to 
offer prayer, which he so ''phrased as 
not to further lacerate hearts already 
torn and bleeding!" But what right has 
a Christian minister to allow himself to 
be in a position where he must choose 
between offending the sorrowing and 
suppressing the mention of his Lord in 
prayer? Most probably he was a min- 
ister of the Masonic religion that day. 
Oh, prophets of Baal ! When will ye 
cease mixing oil and water? 

Another man, a minister of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church, who is a Mason 
and an Odd-Fellow, told me that the 
lodges were robbing his denomination 
of its young men all over the country. 
Another who is active in the Masonic 
order said that he wished there were 
no lodges, while another of the same 
connection said that he had tried the 
lodge method of building up his church 
and had found it a failure. Besides 
such in churches like these, that bear no 
testimony on the subject, I found some 
strongly opposed to the lodges. On an 
interurban car going south from Deca- 
tur, I handed a lady one of the Associa- 
tion's tracts, "The Patriot and the 
Lodge," and after reading awhile she 
looked up and said, "Well, I'm glad 
some one is getting their eyes open." So 
while thousands are going oif after the 
false worship, there are yet other thou- 
sands who have not bowed the knee. So 
we may thank God and take courage. 

Make your own will as nothing before 
God's will and He will make the wills of 
other men as nothing before yours. 

June, 1916. 




I am now visiting at Freeport, Illinois, 
a town where many lodges operate. At 
this writing the "Fez" of the so-called 
''Nobles" of the Mystic Shrine is seen 
on the street as they go from "labor to 
refreshment" preparatory to their "pil- 
grimage" to Rockford, wliere their 
heathen temple is soon to be dedicated. 

A business man of this town is re- 
ported to be connected with fifty-two 
lodges, beside the Mystic Shrine. Among 
this list are the Elks and Odd-Fellows, 
Masons and Owls, Knights of Security 
and Serpents, Loyal Americans, Rams, 
Royal Palace, and Verein. Strange mix- 
ture this ! Serpents and Owls in a Royal 
Palace recalls the story of the ancient 
and honorable ''Pig in the parlor" ! Has 
this man forgotten that he must die and 
spend eternity somewhere, that he thus 
wastes his short life here? 

My lecture in the Zanesville, Ohio, 
Lutheran church proved helpful to our 
work there. The pastor of the Radical 
United Brethren church at Delaware 
gave opportunity to address his people 
at two Sabbath services. Miss Eliza F. 
Potter very generously supported my 
work. Delaware has many lodge 
preachers and sinners of various kinds, 
of course, but I felt good was ac- 
complished through the message and 
Cynosure circulation. At Cedarville, 
Ohio, I addressed students in the Re- 
formed Presbyterian college. This col- 
lege is enjoying prosperity under the 
efficient supervision of President Mc- 
Chesney. There were pleasant visits and 
additions to the Cynosure list at Cedar- 
ville. Xenia gave its usual response and 
reported the United Presbyterian sem- 
inary as prosperous. The instructors at 
this seminary do not fail to inform the 
students regarding the lodge evil. Near- 
ly a week was spent in work in and near 
Berne, Indiana. Addresses were made 
in the missionary churches of Berne and 
the country near by. A lecture was also 
delivered in the Bethel Brethren church, 
about six miles from Berne, where over 
fifty subscriptions to the Cynosure were 
there secured. At Fort Wayne, by spe- 
cial invitation, T addressed a conference 
of Missouri Lutheran pastors and teach- 
ers. Their support was cordial, as usual. 
I found Brother Derstine in a series of 

meetings in the Mennonite church and 
was made welcome by friends there. Be- 
cause of pressing work I could nrjt look 
up some on whom I am glad to call when 
there is opportunity. 

The Radical United Brethren pub- 
lishing house was just moving inl(j their 
new plant at Huntington. It is a line 
structure of modern design, and well 
adapted to their needs. None stand 
firmer than they do in opposition to the 
lodge. Some days were well s])ent at 
Logansport, Lafayette and Flora, In- 
diana, at which latter place the X. C. A. 
Annual Meeting was held last year. My 
visit to Plora happened on the anniver- 
sary of that splendid meeting. The 
lodges are not gone from Flora, but their 
chances to secure some people have been 
lessened. Much interest was shown in 
the antilodge address which I was in- 
vited to give in the large Church of the 
Brethren where our meeting of last year 
was held. Elder Snavely and co-work- 
ers are alive and aggressive on reform 
lines. Some have been persecuted be- 
cause they have left the lodges and are 
bearing testimony against them. There 
were several additions to the Cynosure 
secured here. Our meeting in the Church 
of the Brethren at Peru, Indiana, was 
well supported. I hope to "come again," 
as they requested. 

Coming to Chicago I found the Men- 
nonite friends of the Eighteenth Street 
mission doing splendid work under the 
efficient supervision of Brother A. H. 
Lehman. Their old building has been 
sold and within a year they hope to be 
in new and enlarged quarters. T spent 
Sabbath, May 7th. with thcni and saw 
the children come flocking in from 
the streets and alleys. They filled the 
audience room and several rooms adja- 
cent. There were three classes in the 
dark cellar and one in tlic liallwaw Over 
three hundred, T was told, crowdeil into 
the building. Surely they need more 
room. $20.oo(^ is needed for the en- 
larged quarters. C^intributions niav he 
sent to Rev. A. 11. I.climan. (\^^n West 
1 8th Street. Chicago, Illinois. I do not 
know how many speeches I made that 
(lav, but T preached twice and was kept 
gencrallv busv addressing classes of 
children. Tlu'\- know me as "the anti- 
lodge man." ( ^n one evening 1 ad- 



June, 1916. 

dressed the Christian Reformed Church 
mission. 850 West Aladison Street. Here 
is also a very helpful mission. 

i\Iy elTorts at Freeport have been suc- 
cessful. Mennonite friends in the coun- 
try welcomed my addresses on Sabbath 
morning and evening. It gave me spe- 
cial pleasure to meet Brother J. S. Shoe- 
maker, of whom I had heard so much. 
His brother, Mr. E. G. Shoemaker, is an 
associate member of our Association and 
a good supporter of our work. My lec- 
ture given in the school building of the 
Lutheran church, Rev. Louis Seidel, pas- 
tor, was well supported. Sixteen new 
subscriptions were added to Cynosure 

Contributions during the month have 
been received as follows : Trinity Luth- 
eran church, Zanesville, Ohio, $10.00; 
Rev. C. H. Weber, $1.00; Eliza F. Potter, 
$8.00 : Bethel Brethren church, Berne, 
Indiana, $1.92; Holland Y. M. C. A., 
Paterson, N. J., $3.00; Christian >H. 
Musselman, $1.00; Church of the Breth- 
ren, Peru, Indiana, $2.58 ; Eighteenth 
Street mission, Chicago, $2.00; Men- 
nonite church, Freeport, Illinois, $6.58; 
Lutheran church, Freeport, Illinois, 
$7.96; and E. G. Shoemaker, $1.00. 

My appointments are as follows : 
Lutheran church, Rev. Otto Gruner, pas- 
tor, Rockford, Illinois, May i6th; Wes- 
leyan ]\Iethodist church, near Stillman 
Valley, Illinois, Rev. G. A. Pegram, pas- 
tor, Thursday evening. May i8th; Audi- 
torium, Mt. Morris, Illinois, Church of 
Brethren college, Friday evening. May 
19th ; Lutheran church. Rev. H. W. 
Wehrs, pastor, Glenview, Illinois, Sab- 
bath, May 2ist; Hall Lutheran church, 
Elgin, Illinois, Rev. W. J. Kowert, pas- 
tor, Tuesday evening. May 23rd ; 
Lutheran church, Chicago, Illinois, 
Rev. Steinhoff, pastor, Thursday 
evening. May 25th ; Christian Re- 
formed church, I4tli Street, Chi- 
cago, R.ev. S. S. A^an der Heide, pastor, 
May 26th ; Christian Reformed church, 
Chicago, Rev. J. H. Mokma, pastor, May 
28th ; Ohio Synod Lutheran church. Rev. 
M. P. F. Doermann, pastor. Blue Island, 
Illinois, May 29th ; and Brethren in 
Christ Mission church, Halsted Street, 
Chicago, Sabbath, May 30th. Fourth 
Reformed and Free Methodist churches, 
62d street, June 4th. It will be seen I 

still find opportunities for work. The 
lodges are active in leading multitudes 
astray. Should we be less active seek- 
ing to show their folly and leading to the 
blessed Christ ? 

W. B. Stoddard. 



Since my last report I have been con- 
fined almost continuously at the bedside 
of Mrs. Davidson, whose condition at 
times was serious, but thanks be to God, 
she is much better at this time and is 
able to be up a little. I have been un- 
able to meet most of my engagements, 
but I attended an educational meeting 
at Petronville and delivered an address. 
I also gave one address and two ser- 
mons at the Mount Syrenne Baptist 
church, Rev. W. L. Ray, pastor, Bruce- 
ville, La. 

I have certainly seen and felt the per- 
nicious influence of the secret lodge sys- 
tem during the past forty-two days. 
For more than twenty days Mrs. David- 
son seemed to be hanging on to life by 
a narrow margin and during that time 
only three persons sat up with her as 
late as nine o'clock at night, and very 
few visited us during the day time. 
Oftentimes, both day and night, I was 
expecting the end at any moment. Many 
of the secret society people were point- 
ing to my being alone day and night 
with a sick wife as a reason why every- 
body ought to join a lodge. They say 
that if my wife and I were in a lodge 
she would have had a doctor, refresh- 
ments, and a nurse to attend to her, free 
of charge, but God be praised, he gave 
me strength, both spiritually and physic- 
ally, to care for her. We prayed earnest- 
ly and friends sent us cheering letters al- 
most daily, and, praise God, all seems to 
be going well now. 

A prominent young pastor, who has 
been reading the Cynosure for more 
than a year, said to me recently, "Broth- 
er Davidson, thank God my eyes have 
been opened through the Cynosure. I 
am thoroughly convinced of the wicked- 
ness of all lodges. They are all Christ- 
less and heathenish and just as soon as 
I can get my business aflairs straight- 
ened out I am going to sever my con- 
nection with them." I. have the promise 

June, 1916. 



of Revs. I. S. Jones and L. Lundy of 
Plaquemine, La., to hold an Institute at 
each of their churches as soon as they 
can make arrar^gements. I preajched 
one sermon at St. John Baptist church, 
Rev. L. C. Washington, pastor, Dorsey- 
ville, La. 

Pray that God may give me strength 
to endure harness. The secret lodge 
and the saloon are twin evils whose dire 
effects are working destruction in the 
home, church and state and until both 
evils are put out of existence there can 
be very little change for the better. I 
am confidentially assured by a very 
earnest Christian lady, that, during her 
stay at the home of a schoolmate, whose 
husband is both a minister and a lodge 
officer, thinking she was asleep, they in- 
dulged one night in the following con- 
versation : Wife : "Do you know, old 

tells everything that goes on 

in your lodge to outsiders?" Husband: 
"He does ! Well, we must see about 
that and stop him. That will never do." 
Wife : "Yes, he ought to be silenced 
forever. If he was in our lodge at 

I guarantee you he would be 

stopped. He would disappear and no 
one would ever know what became of 
him." This lady declares that this con- 
versation overheard between the 
preacher and his wife has revealed to 
her the wickedness of the secret so- 
ciety system. Let us contend for the 


At Redland, Oklahoma, I taught 
Bible lessons every day and lectured at 
night for eight days. The meeting was 
held in a school house which is used 
by the Baptists and the Holiness people 
for church services. I found many 
people wrapped up in secret societies. 
The Devil has the colored people and 
whites and even the children in what 
they call a Union. This is the lodge 
of which I wrote some time ago that 
whips oft'enders with a wet rope. The 
head of this Union lives at Salisan. 
Oklahoma. For ten cents one becomes 
a member for life. These people, col- 
ored and white, had land granted to 
them just as the Indians did. They 
went to the banks and borrowed money 

on their land. The bankers, they claim, 
charge them so much interest that they 
can never pay out and so lose their 
homes.- To protect themselves they got 
into this Union. A good many of these 
men had given up secret orders but they 
let Satan trap them into this order un- 

When I began to show the sin of se- 
cret orders they saw their mistake. They 
had already had their annual sermons 
just a few days before I got there. I 
said, Jesus had no secrets ; he is not in 
the secret chamber. (John 18:20, Matt. 
24:26.) If you go into the secret cham- 
ber you leave Christ out. Paul says, 
"ITave no fellowship with the unfruit- 
ful works of darkness but rather re- 
prove them for it is a shame even to 
speak of those things which are done 
of them in secret." (Eph. 5:11-12.) 
Brethren, you help the ungodly and 
love them that hate the Lord. (2 Chron. 
19:2.) I do not believe Christians will 
join a lodge and if you do, get out of 
it as quick as you can. A good many 
Holiness people, Baptist and ^Methodist 
are members and some of them came to 
me and said, "Sister Roberson, we did 
not know how wicked this thing was." 
I said, Don't you know it is wrong to 
swear to be beaten with a new rope 
soaked in water to protect any man in 
the wrong? You don't need to borrow 
money on your land, for it is well tim- 
bered. Cut down trees and build your 
log houses to live in and then work your 
land and trust in God to help you for 
he will do it. 

After I left Redland the Devil stirred 
up the white and colored people to make 
attacks on my teaching, but they did not 
say one word against it while I was 
there. They got angry l)ecausc I told 
them it was a shame and a sin to whip 
people with a wet rope to make them 
take the laws of this country in their 
hands and strike and kill all men that 
do not work to please them. The white 
people, botli men and women, came in 
crowds and no one said anytliing until I 
left. Then a white woman stirred up 
the Union and they got angry. One 
black woman that was in the l^nion quit 
while I was there and three men said 
thev were going to (juit. but after I left 
some of the members toUl them if they 



June, 1916. 

left the Union thev would be killed, and 
they are afraid to leave it. 

They treated me very nicely while I 
was there, however. One night, just as 
we had kneeled to pray, one of the col- 
ored Union men came in and rang the 
bell. One sister asked him why he rang 
the bell and he said that the Union was 
to meet that night. She replied, "This 
is Friday night which is our night for 
service." He said, "'Well, we are here 
already. It is a called meeting." When 
I heard that I said to the sister, ''Let 
them have their meeting." I put on my 
hat and taking my grip started for the 
door when the white people said, "Don't 
go away ; go ahead with your meeting," 
and the leader of the Union, a colored 
man, said, "Yes, go on with the meet- 
ing." So we returned to our season of 
prayer and thanked God for the priv- 
ilege of going on with the meeting. No 
one opened his mouth that night. They 
were out in the yard humming like bees. 
They wanted to know who told me 
about the wet rope, but they did not ask 
me. Thev had beaten one man with a 
wet rope shortly before this and shot 
another. I am praying that those breth- 
ren who want to come out will take a 
stand for Jesus and quit the Union like 
the woman did. 

Leaving Redland I proceeded to 
Vian, a town in the Cherokee Indian 
nation. The sister with whom I stayed 
said, "This is the worst place you ever 
saw." I said. Every place is the "worst 
place" then, for they tell me the same 
thing in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, 
Tennessee, Mississippi and everywhere 
I go. She said, "You had better not 
say anything about the Union here for 
all the negroes, whites and Indians be- 
long to it, and even the children are life 
members. They take the law in their 
hands and if anything don't go to suit 
them, they have their way or kill some- 
body." I said. Yes, Madam, and went 
in my room and stretching myself out 
on the floor on my face before God 
said, "Lord, God of heaven and earth, 
you have heard what this woman said. 
Now Lord, don't let me do anything of 
myself, but if you want me to cry 
against this idol worship, give me the 
boldness of the Spirit to speak. My 
body and soul and mind belong to thee ; 

my tongue belongs to thee. If you want 
to speak, tell me, and I will, even if I 
lose my life." The second night of my 
stay the Spirit came on me with power 
and, filling my mouth with the Word, 
which is the sword of the Spirit, I testi- 
fied against that Union. The people 
were so astonished they did not know 
what to think. The wet rope is one of 
their secrets and they wanted to know 
where I found out about it. No one 
said anything to me, however. Many 
came up to me and shaking my hand 
said, "Pray for me. If I am in any- 
thing that I find is against God, I am 
coming out of it." The next night in 
the testimony meeting a brother said, 
"My fix is exactly like Samson's in the 
lesson you taught last night from the 
1 6th chapter of Judges. Samson, the 
strong man of God, was bound and 
blinded by the world and made to grind 
in the prison. I will not tell you to- 
night what I am going to do but you 
pray for me that God may give me 
strength to trust and obey Him." I 
gave out many tracts and we had a glo- 
rious meeting. Some of the women quit 
the Union at once and said they were 
going to take their children out of it. 
The pastor at this place was glad that I 
came. He said he knew the lodges are 
wrong but he is a young man and did 
not know how to fight them. 

At Eufaula, Oklahoma, I stopped with 
a sweet Christian woman whose hus- 
band was a Mason and an unbeliever. 
She told me not to say anything to him 
about the Masons. I said to the Lord 
that night, "Lord, this man is kind to 
me and gives me a place to stay. Do 
you want me to keep silent about this 
evil he is in?" The Lord said. Speak 
all the word of this life. (Acts 5:20.) 
The man would not come to service. I 
was there two days before I saw him. 
He would come in at night while I was 
at the service and go to bed and was 
gone before I got up in the morning. 
On Saturday his wife and the children 
went fishing and he came home at noon. 
He came in and began talking to the 
lady who was to keep me company, and 
she asked him why he did not attend 
the services. He said he was too tired 
at night. She said, "But you go to lodge 
meeting." He replied, "Well, the Ma- 

June, 1916. 



sonic lodge is as good as the church." 
I said, How do you make out it is as 
good as the church? "Well," he said, 
"it is taken from the liible." I said. 
Yes, sir, and a long way from the 
Bible. The Word of God makes us 
Christians if we believe it and receive 
it. If Masonry is founded on -the liible, 
why are you a sinner? He said, "I 
just don't live up to my obligation. If 
I did, I would be a Christian." I said. 
In the first degree you swear to have 
your throat cut from ear to ear if you 
give away the secrets. Now do you 
find that in the Bible? No answxr. If 
you give away the secrets, which one of 
the preachers or deacons or class lead- 
ers will help to cut your throat? He 
said, ''According to his obligation it 
would not be wrong for any one to do it 
if I broke my obligation." I said. You 
say you don't live up to all of yours ; if 
you did you would be a Christian. Now, 
why do they let you kill the other fellow 
and live? He said, "1 don't give away 
the secrets." 

Well, I said, I feel sure you are a 
sinner. I would to God you were saved, 
"For God so loved the world that He 
gave His only begotten Son that who- 
soever believeth on Him should not per- 
ish but have everlasting life." Masonry 
is man worshipping man. He replied, 
with a flash in his eyes, "Masonry is 
just as much Christian as the church is. 
It is all taken from the Bible." I said, 
If you will show me Jubela, Jubelo or 
Jubelum in the Bible I will quit my mis- 
sionary tour and go home. Is Mah- 
hah-bone in the Bible? Did God ever 
tell you to kill? He said, "Well, I 
don't know what is in the Bible but I 
hear the same words read right in the 
lodge room that they preach in church." 
He hurried ofT and I did not have an- 
other word with him. I told his wife 
when she came and she was glad that 
I had had a talk with him. 

Last Sunday evening I lectured at the 
Methodist Episcopal church and the 
whole town of Eufaula turned out to 
hear. All the big men and women of 
the town were out and God gave me 
Psalms T and 2, Cor. 6:14 for texts. I 
told them how much i^ower the old 
Methodist church had till it went into 
idol worship. I repeated the Masonic 

penalties up to the Royal Arch degree 
and the ]Jcople were astonished beyond 
measure. The men said, "Where did 
she get our secrets?" A liajitist minis- 
ter got angry and tried {o interrnpt nie 
but the good pastor made him hush, so 
I told of all the Devil's secret work. 
They gave me a nice collection and 
many came to me and shook my hand 
and said, "That is what we need in this 
town." The pastor came to me after 
the services and said, "You ha\e nearl\- 
killed the negro lodges in this town. 
That is just what they need here. I 
would not take a hundred dollars for 
that lecture." I said. Thank God. I am 
always glad to do work for the ^Master ; 
the glory belongs to him. 

Lizzie Rober.sox. 


Since our last report the following have 
been the receipts for current expenses: 
Friend, $1.00; Friend, $10.00; A. Comstock, 
50c; Mrs. Marv C. Fleming, $2.00; ^Irs. G. A. 
Brown, $10.00; J. D. Rockwell, $1.00; S. R. 
Faris, $1.00; Rev. FI. Kromininga, $1.00; Miss 
Ellen M. Manter, $7.00; Wm. Leon Brown, 
$10.00; Prof. R. L. Park, $10.00; Mrs. Hcdda 
Worcester, $2.00; D. D. Zehr, ]\Iiss X. S. Cole- 
man, $5.75, and Estate of Samuel Berlin, 

Elder H. H. Ritter, C F. Minneman, O. X. 
Carnahan, E. H. Shoemaker and W'm. E. 
Shaw have taken out Sustaining Memberships 
at $2.00. 

Miss Laura L. Heath and Mrs. Hedda Wor- 
cester contributed $1.00 each to the Cynosure 
Extension Fund. 

The following are the gifts received from 
Christian Reformed Churches : Volga, S. D.. 
$8.61; Carnes, Iowa, $lil.OO; Edgerton. Minn., 
$15.01; Eastmanville, Mich., $4.03; 1st, Craud 
Haven, Mich., $0.()0 ; 2nd, Grand Haven. 
Mich., $2.25; Reeman, Mich.. $5.1H»; Ellsworth. 
Mich., $5.00; Summit. 111.. $13.00; Renville. 
Minn., $11.30; Stanford. Mont., $5.00; Alpine 
Ave., Grand Rapids. Mich.. $l!lO(i; Prospect 
Park, Holland, Mich., $10.00; Rochester. X. 
Y., $0.25, and ^lunster. Tnd.. $18.80. 

Contributions for tiie year ending .\pril 
30th, paid through Rev. Mead A. Kelscy. I'ield 
Agent, were as follows: Ciuu-ch oi the Breth- 
ren: Goshen. Ind.. $1.25; Juniata. Xebraska, 
$1.45; South Beatrice, llolmesville. Xebraska, 
$2.30; Kearney, Xebraska, $2.01; Xaperville.. 
Illinois. $1.<1; Covenanter: (^latha. Kansas. 
$2.00; l':skridge. Kansas. $30.00; T(MK^ka. Kan- 
sas, $1.70; Denison. Kansas. $.3.00. Harvey 
I'rec Alethodist church. Harvey, Illinois, -l-'k ; 
Christian Reformed churches: Class in l-'irst. 
Muskcg(Mi Heights. Michigan. I(ic; I'irst. l->e- 
mont. Michigan. $l(i.!»(): 'I'hird. Zeeland. Mich- 
igan, $(1.55; I'ourteenth Street. Holland. Mich- 
igan, $<).<><'. l-^-iciids churches: Shirley. In- 



June, 1916. 

diaiia, $2.15; Lawrence, Kansas, $1.25; West- 
field, Kansas, $1.31 ; West Richmond, Rich- 
mond, Indiana, $10.00; Quarterly Meeting, 
Vermilion Grove. Illinois, $0.89; Ridge Farm, 
Illinois, 80c ; Hopewell, Quaker, Indiana, 
$2.30; Quarterly fleeting, Bloomingdale, In- 
diana, $8.19; Quarterh- iMeeting, Dana, In- 
diana. $5.00 ; Walnut Creek, Burr Oak, Kan- 
sas, $1.25; Oak Creek, Burr Oak, Kansas, 
$1.75; Central City, Nebraska, 86c; H. Street, 
Oskaioosa, ■ Iowa, $1.00; Watseka, Illinois, 
$1.20. Iowa State Convention, Pella, Iowa, 
$10.00. New Garden church, Indiana, $2.00. 
Union meeting, Bloomington, Indiana, $3.12. 
Abdal congregation, Superior, Nebraska, 
$1.92. Union meeting, ]Mt. Clare, Nebraska, 
$2.3".^. Church of the Nazarene, Hastings, Ne- 
braska. 85c. "Nebraska Conference," Super- 
ior, $9.85. T. H. Brenneman, $1.00. A Friend, 
50c. Ebenezer Pennock, $5.00. Rev. B. F. 
Hester, $3.00. 

Contributions for the year ending April 
30th, paid through Rev. W. B. Stoddard, East- 
ern Secretary, were as follows : Mennonite 
churches of Ohio : Leetonia, $3.59. Lutheran 
churches : Emanuel, Salem, Ohio, $2.79 ; Zion 
Norwegian Lutheran church, Brooklyn, N. Y., 
$7.00 ; Trinitv Lutheran League, Zanesville, 
Utiio, $10.00.' Church of the Brethren: Ma- 
nassas, Va., $1.14; Oakton, Va., $1.67; Pleas- 
ant Hill, Pa., $4.03; First, York, Pa., $5.68; 
Bethel, Berne, Ind., $1.92. Wesleyan churches : 
Canton, Ohio, $3.07; Pataskala, Ohio, $4.01; 
Houghton, N. Y., $4.89 ; First, Fillmore, N. Y., 
$2.20; Second, Fillmore, N. Y., $1.85; Cad- 
wells, Bliss, N. Y., $1.00. Evangelical churches : 
Trinity, Canton, Ohio, $1.55. Covenanter 
churches, Northwood, Ohio, $5.48 ; York, N. 
Y., $3.54. Free Methodist churches : Rush- 
ford, N. Y., $3.38; Perry, N. Y., $6.10; Mc- 
Keesport, Pa., $3.60. Christian Reformed 
churches: E. Elmyra, N. Y., $4.00; Fourth, 
Paterson, N. J., $15.00 ; Prospect Avenue, 
Passaic, N. J., $15.31. United Brethren 
churches : Radical, Franklintown, $2.03. Mr. 
and Mrs. N. L. Johnson, $10.00 ; Wm. G. Her- 
polscheiner, $4.00 ; Center, Brethren church, 
Louisville, Ohio, $4.68; Ohio State Conven- 
tion, Bell Center, $15.00; Chili Seminarv, N. 
Chili, N. Y., $2.60; New York State Confer- 
ence, $25.00 ; Faith Tabernacle, Philadelphia, 
Pa., $7.56; Hall collection, Lampeter, Pa., $1.45; 
Pennsylvania State Convention, Hanover, Pa., 
$10.0(>; Swedish Congregational church. Cor- 
ona, L. I., $3.10; Rev. C. H. Weber, $1.00; 
Eliza F. Potter, $8.00; Holland Y. M. C. A., 
Paterson, N. J., $3.00. 

Contributions for the year ending April 
:30th, paid through Rev. F. J. Davidson, South- 
ern Agent, were as follows : Baptist churches 
of Louisiana : Mount Olive, Grossetete, 50c ; 
Union, Morley, 20c ; St. Matthew, Bayou 
Jacob, 40c; Virginia, Napoleonville, 45c; 
Mount Zion, Barton, 40c ; Endora, Gonzales, 
50c; Antioch, Paulina, $1.00; Mt. Triumph, 
Egard, 50c; Mt. Zion. Reserve, 65c; Mount 
Carmel, Carville, $1.00; Progressive, White 
Castle, $11.77; Baptist Association, Sunshine, 
$1.50; Ebenezer, Morley, $2.46; Truelight, 
Grayville, 75c; Mount Olive, Grayville, 45c; 
Antioch, Paulina, 50c; St. Joseph, Plaquemine, 

95c; St. Peter, Plaquemine, $1.00; Pilgrim 
Rest, Plaquemine, $1.00; Mount Olive, Re- 
veilltown, 25c; St. Marks Fourth, New Or- 
leans, 15c; St. John, New Orleans, 75c; 
Evangelist, New Orleans, 65c; Sixth, New 
Orleans, 89c ; Pilgrim, Bavou Goula, 25c ; 
Antioch, Boutte, $1.00; Zion, Point Parish, 
$1.75; Little Zion, West Baton Parish, $1.00; 
First, Smoke Bend, $1.00; Mt. Olive, Rose- 
dale, $1.00; Zion Traveller, Anchor, $2.25; 
Antioch, Port Barrow, 75c ; New Jerusalem, 
Arbroth, $3.00; Bethlehem, Hopeville, 75c; 
Virginia, Napoleonville, $2.25; Antioch, Brus- 
ly, $1 ; Mount Bethel, Iberville, 70c ; Mt. Olive, 
Plaquemine Point, $1.25; Addis, Addis, 75c; 
Zion, Batchelor, 50c ; Raspberrv, St. Francis- 
ville, $3.50; Antioch, Port A'Uen, 75c; St. 
John, Samstown, $1.25; Second, Seymourville, 
$1.25; Mount Syrenne, Bruceville, 30c; St. 
Mary, Jefferson, $1.00; St. Peter, Turnerville, 
$1.50 ; St. Joseph, Turnerville, 30c ; Calvary, 
Biurton, $1.75; Brazile, Cannonsburg, 25c; 
Bethel, Carrville, 30c; St. James, Covington, 
$4.02; First, Lewisburg, $1.50; Hopewell, Mad- 
isonville, $1.00; Salvation, Alton, 70c; St. 
Paul, White Castle, $2.40. A. M. E. churches 
of Louisiana: Rosedale, 30c; White Castle, 
10c; Pt. Pleasant, $1.95; Mount Zion, Ever- 
green Plantation, 30c ; Houltonville, 23c. Un- 
ion churches of Louisiana: Dutch Boyne, 35c; 
Morley, 30c; Burton, 50c; New Roads, $2.30; 
Belle River, $1.00; Burton, $1.00. Ministers' 
Conference, Plaquemine, 65c; "Zion Church,'' 
Burtville, 40c; Ministers' Conference, Plaque- 
mine Point, 60c ; Point Pleasant church. Point 
Pleasant, 50c; "Second Good Hope church,'' 
Algiers, 25c ; "Mount Zion church,'' Darrow, 
30c; "Alount Olive church," Brusle, 50c; Min- 
isters' Association, Batchelor, $1.30; "St. John 
church," St. Gabriel, 40c; "Mt. Zion church," 
Brusly Landing, 30c ; "Mount Airy church," 
Senclair, 70c ; "Central church," St. James, 
50c ; "Zion Travelers church," Fordoche, 25c ; 
"Little Zion Church," Lakeland, $1.25 ; "Mount 
Calvary church," Batchelor, $1.00; "Mount 
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Fraternal Insurance at Its Worst. ^ 
The New York state insurance depart- 
ment has recently discovered that 3,000 
persons in New York who have been 
paying dues for from seven to forty 
years to a fraternal insurance society 
called the Knights and Ladies of Honor 
are without real insurance protection. 

In the search of this society's record 
in New York state the insurance officials 
came across the case of a man of 84 who 
took out a policy for $1,000 when the 
society was founded, forty years ago. 
He, like the other thousands, was in- 
duced to take the insurance because it 
cost less than in the regular long estab- 
lished companies. 

This man began (at the age of 44) 
by paying an "assessment" of $1.80 a 
month ; this rate was maintained for 
twenty-four years. By that time the 
death claims began to come in so fast 
that members' monthly assessments were 
raised to ^3.77 a thousand. In another 
ten years the monthly charge was raised 
to $4.60. Few new members were being 
taken in, and the old members were dy- 
ing off rapidly ; the society found itself 
pressed hard to pay the claims. 

So desperate became the case that in 
January of this year the assessments 
were doubled — the old policyholder 
had to find $9.20 a month to prevent 
his insurance from lapsing. In Feb- 
ruary the normal assessment ($4.60 a 

thousand) was levied but in March 
another 100 per cent extra was levied, 
and the payment was again $9.20. In 
April the assessment was 200 per cent 
above normal, and the old man had to 
pay $13.80; and the May assessment 
was 300 per cent over the usual rate 
since 1910, or $18.40 a thousand. 

It was at this point that certain old 
policyholders appealed to the state to 
protect their interests, for they could not 
meet such outrageous assessments. 

The state found that the society was 
some $400,000 in arrears in tlic payment 
of claims. 

The society violated tlie fundamental 
rule of life insurance to collect in pre- 
mium payments from every group of 
insured persons enough to meet all 
claims from that group. I'ack in loio 
it recognized its error and si)lit into two 
sections — those insuring in it l)efore kjIO 
and those coming in later. Tho^e wh*"! 
joined later were charged rates based on 
the American tal)lc of mortality, the basis 
of all sound insurance in this country. — 
John M. Oskison. in the Cliiciii/o Paily 

Think of it, a man 84 years old pay- 
ing 922 per cent more than lie did forty 
\'ears before! Instn^ancc at the rate ol 
$212.80 i)er \-ear per Si,0(Hi is costly in- 
deed! This ought to be an object lesson 
to be remembered that cheaji insurance, 
attractixe thotigh that nia\- seem at first. 
is likel\- to be no instuance at last, and 
\-ery exponsi\c at thai. 



Tulv. 1916. 



Jesus said. "I and my Father are 
one." ""He that hath seen me hath seen 
the Father." 

And since there is but "one God and 
one mediator between God and men. the 
man Christ Jesus," when the secret lodge 
rejects and dishonors Christ, by omitting 
his name from Bible passages where it 
occurs i^as is done in the Royal Arch de- 
gree from 2 Thess. iii., 6. and other ex- 
amples might be cited ) . the secret lodge 
at once sets aside and ignores the only 
true God and the only Savior of men I 

Worship Invented by Men, God Will Not 

But not only do secret societies reject 
Him. God has in his word clearlv set 
himself against secrecy. ""I have not 
spoken in secret from the beginning." 
"I am the Lord, and there is none else. 
I have not spoken in secret in a dark 
place of the earth." Is. xlv.. i8. 19. and 
xlviii.. 16. *"God is light '^ '^ "' and what 
concord hath light with darkness?" Our 
Lord, reviewing- his life-work before 
Pilate, said: "I spake openl}- to the world 
"^ ^ "^ and in secret have I said nothing." 
John xviii., 20. And looking forward 
to those last days preceding his coming 
again, he said to his disciples: "If any 
man shall say. Lo. here is Christ, or. 
there, behold he is in the secret cham- 
bers, believe it not." 

And not only do the character and ex- 
ample of God show that he is averse to 
secrecy : it is plainly seen in the laws 
that were -given to his chosen people. A 
nation of slaves in Egypt, God led them 
into the wilderness, and. on the single 
condition of careful, diligent obedience 
to his commands, promised to "set them 
on high above all nations of the earth." 
"to open to them his good treasure, to 
give rain in its season and to bless all 
the work of their hands," and it was 
added. "Thou shalt lend unto many na- 
tions, thou shalt lend and not borrow." 

But what were these commandments, 
in keeping of which there was so great 
reward? In general, to love God su- 
premely and his neighbor as himself : in 
particular we will mention four: 

(i ) "If a soul sin and hear the voice 
of swearincf. and is a witness ; ^ * =^ if 
he do not utter it, then he shall bear his 

iniquity." (Lev. 5:1.) To put this in 
common language, if a witness be put 
under oath and he refuses to testify, he 
is guilty. Christ before the High Priest 
answered nothing until he arose up and 
said unto him, "I adjure thee by the liv- 
ing God," that is, he put Jesus under 
oath, and then he answered. 

(2) "If a soul swear, pronotmcing 
with his lips to do evil or to do good, 
whatsoever it be that a man shall pro- 
nounce with an oath, and it be hid from 
him : when he knoweth of it. then he 
shall be guilty "^ ''^ "^ and he shall confess 
that he hath sinned." ( Lev. 5 :4, 5. ) That 
is, if a man promises with an oath to do 
something, not knowing what he is to 
do. it is a sin. For instance, if in a 
secret society, a person swears or prom- 
ises to "obey all due signs and sum- 
monses" sent to him. whether he linds 
that the thing required of him is to as- 
sist a poor man. which is a good thing, 
or to take a human life, which is an 
awful crime, he has sinned and God's 
law requires him to confess his sin. 

( 3 I "Take heed to thyself that thou 
enquire not. saying, How did these na- 
tions serve their gods ? even so will I do 
likewise." "Thou shalt not do so unto 
the Lord thy God ; what thing soever I 
command you. observe to do it, thou 
shalt not add thereto nor diminish from 
it." ( Deut. 12 :30-32. ) That is. in re- 
ligion nothing less nor more than what 
God has commanded is acceptable to 
him. In the words of Christ, "In vain 
do they worship me. teaching for doc- 
trines the commandments of men." 

These laws of God are plainly op- 
posed to lodge teaching and practice. The 
oath of the ^Master ]\Iason to conceal 
the crimes of a brother is in direct op- 
position to the law of God in regard to 
witnessing. One called to testify in court 
concerning the known guilt of a brother 
]\Iason would be obliged to decide be- 
tween his lodge oath to conceal the crime 
and God's law that he testify to the 
truth. Thus secrecy takes away the fear 
of God. and in its place puts the fear of 
p e n a 1 t V. or the "fear of man" that 
"bringeth a snare.'"'' 

(4) Again it is written. "Thou shalt 
not forswear thyself :" in lodge practice, 
however, the solemn promise of "se- 
crecv and obedience" must be given be- 

July, 1916. 



fore the candidate is permitted to know 
the secrets of the order. Thus, to. set 
aside the law of God, who is the only 
rightful source of human authority, is 
treason against all human government ! 

It seems almost past belief, and \-et it 
is true that Masonic authors freely ad- 
mit that the lodge ceremonies are iden- 
tical with heathen worship. 

Alackey, one of the highest Masonic 
authorities, in his "Ritualist," p. 109, 
says: "The single object of all the an- 
cient rites and mysteries practiced in the 
very bosom of pagan darkness * * * is 
still the great design of the third degree 
of ]\Iasonry — the sublime degree of a 
Master Mason!" And in the same work, 
article Antiquity of Alasonry, are these 
significant words, "The Ancient Mys- 
teries, those truly Masonic institutions." 

What, then, is the position of a Chris- 
tian worshiping in a secret lodge ? He 
is trying to do what God said, "Thou 
shalt not do," namely, worship the true 
God with a heathen rite. 

Aaron attempted to do this when he 
set up the golden calf and "built an altar 
before it * '•' * and said tomorrow is a 
feast of the Lord." But it is written: 
"They sacrificed to devils, not to God 
* * "^ and when the Lord saw it, he ab- 
horred them * '^' '•' and he said, I will 
hide my face from them, I will see what 
their end shall be." (Deut. 32:17,19. 
20.) And again it is said: "They shall no 
more ofifer their sacrifices unto devils." 
(Lev. 17:7.) And again, "The things 
which the Gentiles sacrifice thev sacri- 
fice to devils, not to God." (L Cor. 10: 

And as God does not change, worship 
offered to him today, as then, in a way 
not appointed by him, is an ofifense to 

Satan stands behind the false altar, or 
the rite, or ceremony not appointed by 
Christ, and receives the worship ; and as 
the Holy Spirit of God fills the heart of 
every one who truly worships God 
through Girist, and makes him lioly, so 
Satan blinds the mind and then fdls tlie 
heart of the sincere worshiper at a false 
altar, and at length makes him devilish. 

The fellow with money to burn may 
live to sieve the ashes. 


\'.y \i\:v. f. M. i-()sti:k. 

The lAangelist, Win. b". ])a\i>. passed 
within the veil b>ida\' evening, May 26, 
1916. Being a lifelong witness against 
the secret lodge system as damaging to 
individuals, the enemy of the home, tlic 
nemesis of the state and the counterfeit 
of tlie Church, his passing is of interest 
to the readers of the Ciiristiax C\si)- 


He was born Aug. 16, 1840. His fa- 
ther was a Baptist ])reacher. Tliero 
were eight chiUlren. William hud U.. 
leave school and go to work when he was 
twelve }ears old. He was a bright-mind- 
ed, godly boy. It was his custom, after 
supper to go to a pine grove, surrounded 
by a high fence, to pray. It was his 
closet. In prayer he vowed his willin<^- 
ness to do what God wished as soon as it 
was made clear to him. But he always 
had a mental reservation, preaching ex- 
cepted. After he had passed his fifteenth 
birthday, he resolved to frankly avow his 
mind. So he went to the trysting phce 
and knelt in the dark and began. "O 
God, I am ready to do what thou wilt, 
as soon as it is made known to me." At 
that point he was smitten with contri- 
tion and fell prone on the ground, 
ashamed and abased because of his pre- 
sumption in dictating terms to God. So 
he arose to his knees and prayed — "O 
God, I vow to do thy will when known, 
preaching Jiot excepted." The grove 
seemed to be lighted above noonday 
and peace swept his soul like a river. 
He became a bond servant of Christ lor 

But it was not until he passed his Jist 
birthday that he was convinced that Cio.l 
liad called him to the ministry. He ])egan 
revival work, at first in a small church 
vestrv, then in the audience room and 
later in the town hall seating T,oiX). The 
lueetings were unprecedented. The L ivil 
war began during the first sjiring of his 
attendance at Exeter Academy and he 
was called to settle the (|uestion oi volun- 
teering. I le studied the New Testament 
and became convinced tIrU Christ's dis- 
cij)les should nijt fii;ht. He entered Har- 
vard University in iS'^; Joseph Cook 
being there one year in advance. He led 
manv students to Christ by pergonal ap- 
])eal. He alwaxs protested against C(^l 



July, 1916. 

lege Greek fraternities as being wrong 
in principle, damaging to the student 
body and a menace to the highest inter- 
est of the student personally. 

Graduating in 1867, he became sub- 
master of the Boston boys' Latin 
School. He received $1,800 the first and 
$2,400 the second year, and was offered 
the head mastership at $3,500, As he 
purposed to preach, he refused it and 
entered Andover Theological Seminary 
in 1869. Joseph Cook was in Andover 
then, but giving his attention to lines of 
study looking to the lecture platform he 
neglected his class work and Davis was 
employed to coach him. 

After a pastorate of two years in a 
Free Baptist church near Providence, 
Rhode Island, Davis became superintend- 
ent of the Boston North End Mission. 
His friends raised funds and purchased 
the home on Mount Washington, Chel- 
sea, which has been his home ever since. 

Resigning in 1878, he went to New 
York and asked the secretary of the 
Home Mission Board to send him to the 
most difficult field he knew. Accordingly 
he was sent to the lumber regions of 
^lichigan, where he had forty camps to 
visit. He walked through the forests in 
midwinter, carrying a seventy-five pound 
load of Bibles and tracts, following lit- 
tle trodden, blazed paths. On three occa- 
sions he was overtaken by a blizzard 
and, darkness falling upon him, he 
tramped about a tree to keep from freez- 
ing until daylight came and he could see 
to follow the blazed trail. In those dread- 
ful nights he contracted the disease 
which finally took his life. 

Returning to Boston, he preached on 
The Commons without a permit and was 
arrested and spent ten months in Charles 
Street jail. While in prison he wrote a 
booklet, "Christian Liberties in Boston," 
which had a wide circulation. At the 
expiration of his term an immense mass 
meeting was held in Music Hall, and his 
address, an arraignment of Boston's Ro- 
manized municipal government, was 
printed in tract form and extensively 
read. Again he preached on The Com- 
mons and again he was arrested. This 
time his friends raised a fund and car- 
ried the case to the Supreme Court of 
the United States. After a long time 
the court handed down its decision, sus- 

taining the lower court. The local judge 
was minded to drop the matter, but Da- 
vis went to court and called for its ad- 
judication, and was again sent to the 
Charles Street jail. Near the end of his 
term a company of men went to him 
with this proposition : "You are to preach 
one hour each day for forty days, going 
from city to city ; all arrangements will 
be made and expenses met. You will 
receive $100 per day." He indignantly 
refused the offer with these words, "Do 
you mean that I am to preach the gospel 
for money? I am not for sale or to let.'' 

Evangelist Davis spoke in several of 
the antisecret conventions promoted by 
Rev. J. P. Stoddard in Boston and took 
active part in the National Reform con- 
vention held there. 

He had four students, usually Amer- 
icans, whom he boarded and lodged free 
and whom he tutored, preparatory to 
their entering the mission field. As soon 
as they were through others were 
taken in. 

He was not a Friend, but he always 
said thee or thou when speaking to an 
individual, and you when addressing 
two or more. "This is grammar," he 
said. He would not allow anyone to call 
him mister, master or reverend. "Call 
no man master, for One is your Master 
and you are brethren. Holy and rever- 
end is his name." He would not use 
the street cars on the Sabbath, but would 
walk many miles to fill an appointment. 
He was a large hearted, earnest, elo- 
cjuent, scholarly and deeply religious man 
with an attractive personality, a deep 
musical voice, and a good command of 
language, and, having a sympathetic 
spirit, a passion for souls, and a con- 
suming desire to do the will of his Mas- 
ter, he was a great soul winner. With 
deep abiding convictions of the truth, an 
unswerving loyalty to the right so far 
as God gave him to see the right, and an 
ineradicable antipathy to error and 
wrong, he was an eminent martyr wit- 
ness for Christ. He was a man of God, 
dwelling in the secret place of the Most 
High, under the shadow of him who is 
the Almighty. A constant sufferer the 
last two years of his life, he kept his 
faith crying out, "Though he slay me, 
yet will I trust him." There are passive 
graces which can only be developed and 

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perfected in the furnace of affliction. The 
various sufferings of Christ are finished 
once and forever, but he suffers in the 
members of his body representatively 
still. And in his blessed love he makes 
his people to share in his sufferings here 
and they share his glory yonder. "J be- 
loved, think it not strange concerning the 
fiery trial which is to try you, as though 
some strange thing happened unto you ; 
but rejoice, inasmuch as you are partak- 
ers of Christ's sufferings ; that when 
his glory shall be revealed ye may 
be glad." When I think how Brother 
Davis warned Boston against the men- 
ace of the secret lodge system and 
of the political power of the Roman 
Catholic church, and how our city 
and the country turned a deaf ear to 
the message, I am reminded of Solo- 
mon's parable : "There was a little city 
and few men within it ; and there came 
a great king against it and besieged it, 
and built great bulwarks against it. Now 
there was found in it a poor wise man, 
and he by his wisdom delivered the city ; 
yet no man remembered that same poor 
man. Then said I, wisdom is better than 
strength ; nevertheless the poor man's 
wisdom is despised, and his words are 
not heard." But God's way is to bring 
real victory out of seeming defeat. It 
was so when Isaiah prophesied in Jeru- 
salem 700 years before our Lord. It 
was so when Paul preached twenty years 
after our Lord's ascension. It was so 
with the Son of God in the days of his 
flesh. And it will be so here with the 
testimony of Brother Davis. 


( Concluded. ) 

Fortunes Made in Masonic Tobacco 

To what extent the Masons on the 
Continent of Europe interfere in politics 
may be gathered from the fact that after 
the collapse of the Boulanger bubble 
those of his adherents who belonged to 
the order were subjected to severe dis- 
ciplinary measures by their lodges, not 
because they had taken part in a political 
movement, but because they had hai)- 
pened to be on the losing side. In order 
to appreciate this, let any American Ma- 
son consider how he would feel if called 
to account and punished by his lodge for 

having voted with the foes of the politi- 
cal party to which the majority of the 
members of his lodge belonged. In 
Italy, after Crispi's lirst visit U) the late 
Prince P)ismarck at hriedrichsruhe, he 
invoked the support of tlie Grand Orient 
at Rome for the Triple Alliance, which 
was very unpopular among the people. 
As a reward for his services in the mat- 
ter the late Sign(jr Lemni, the Grand 
Master of the craft, was granted Ijy tlie 
Cabinet of the day the moncjjjoly of pur- 
chasing the foreign tobacco needed by the 
Italian government, the sale of tobacco 
in King Victor Emmanuel's dominions 
being a state monopoly. This enabled 
Lemni and his Masonic confreres to real- 
ize enormous fortunes within the space 
of a few years. 

European Masonry Becomes Political 
Rather Than Fraternal. 

It was in the third and fourth decades 
of the nineteen century that the Masons 
of Italy, Austria, France, Spain and 
Portugal first commenced to devote their 
attention to politics. This was due to 
the severity of the various monarchical 
governments in dealing with persons 
professing liberalism and radicalism. 
The men found that it was only behind 
the closed doors of Masonic Ipdges, duly 
tiled, that they could make their voices 
heard and give free expression to their 
political opinions without peril of im- 
prisonment, and even worse. But. \\ hile 
this association between politics and Ma- 
sonry has served the personal ends and 
ambitions of many of the statesmen who 
were members of the craft, it cannot be 
said to have furthered the real interests 
and aims of the fraternity, which has 
for its primary object universal brotlier- 
hood, and I recall the bitter resentment 
excited in France by two speeches of 
Adriano Lemni. the (irand Master of 
the Orient of Italy, delivered at Naples 
and at Rome, in which he i)roclainied h']^ 
ardent hope of seeing ere long the tlag 
of his country floating over Corsica. 

Sovereigns No Longer Grand Masters. 

It was different during the eighteenth 
and the earlv portion of the nineteenth 
centuries. Thus we lind King Louis 
XV], who met with his death on the 
scaffold, and his two \;ningcr brothers, 
who reigned over iM-ance as Louis 
Will and Charles X. respectively, fig- 



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uring as ^Masons and belonging" to a 
lodge known as "The Three Brothers." 
King Charles' son, the Due de Berri, was 
likewise a prominent jMason. So, too, 
was King Louis Philippe, and also his 
eldest son, the Duke of C^rleans, father 
of the late Comte de Paris. King Fred- 
erick the Great was initiated while still 
heir apparent at Brunswick in 1738, and 
subsequently founded a lodge of his own 
at his chateau of Rheinsberg. His con- 
nection with the order remained very 
close and intimate throughout his reign, 
among the proofs thereof being a notable 
letter addressed by him the year before 
his death to the lodge in Berlin known 
as the "Royal York Friendship." Both 
of Frederick the Great's successors were 
Grand Masters of the Grand Orient of 
Prussia, an office which the late Em- 
peror Frederick was the last Prussian 
monarch to hold. But it is extremely 
doubtful if, in view of the political role 
of Masonry on the Continent of Europe, 
we shall ever see again sovereigns acting 
as grand masters of the craft. 


Crimes of violence in labor circles are 
growing in number and in frightfulness. 
They are directed not only at nonunion 
men and nonunion employers but are 
used more and more to control the in- 
side w^orkings of some labor unions. This 
condition could not continue if it were 
discountenanced by the supreme dicta- 
tors in the federation. — From editorial 
in Chicago Tribune, June 6, 1916. 


The 1916 edition of "Statistics Fra- 
ternal Societies" says there are 6,380 
"Modern Samaritans" at large in the 
United States. We suppose this order, 
if it lives up to its name, takes in 
the maimed, the halt and the blind who 
are rejected by its fellow "charitable" 

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rooms, convenient to trains, schools and 
Wheaton College, modern conveniences, 
hot water heat, maple floors, closets, 
laundry, large lawn, fruit and shade 
trees, one-half acre garden. Address 
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Don't under any consideration, after 

having taken one degree in Masonry lose 

a left leg, especially if you live in Texas, 

for Grand Master Lightfoot of that state 

has officially decided, according to the 

Texas Freemason, "That under articles 

455 and 458 of the Resolutions and 

Edicts of the Grand Lodge, a brother 

who loses his left leg below the knee 

subsequent to takinp- the E. A. degree, 

is disqualified from being advanced." 


Under the heading, "Italy and Roman 
Catholicism," Dr. D. C. Whittinghill, a 
superintendent of Christian work in 
Italy, contributes to the Watchman- 
Examiner nearly a page of matter packed 
with solid facts relating to present con- 
ditions in that country, which, more 
than almost any other, has guided the 
history of the world. 

From this authoritative and striking 
article we borrow half of one paragraph 
and the whole of an earlier one, which 
we remove to the second position as a 

"The Church's return to medievalism 
after the death of Leo XIII, the inhu- 
man and unchristian persecution of 
'Modernists,' the 'anathemas' heaped upon 
the heads of Christian democrats, and 
especially upon the head of their leader, 
Romolo Murri, the lack of sympathy 
displayed by the Vatican for Belgium 
and France during this war, and the hos- 
tile attitude of the Pope to Italy during 
the conflict with Austria, have alienated 
millions of ItaHans from the Roman 

"The Jews, who were numerous, and 
so, influential at one time in Italy, are 
now reduced to 34,:^24, a loss of 1,293 
in ten years. The 'Ghetto' in Rome and 
other cities is still a shameful monument 
to the inhuman persecution to which 
they were subjected by the State Church 
for centuries. To-day they are highly 
honored and enjoy all the liberty ac- 
corded to others. In the religious sphere 
they do not count for much except in a 
negative sense. Many of them are influ- 
ential Masons, and as a consequence they 
are generally on the side of those who 
oppose the State religion." 

July, 1916. 




I We will puljlish from time to time, undcr 
this heading, extracts from the leLters and 
addresses of Mr. Adams on Freemasonry. 
These were written during the great anti- 
masonic aj^itation, following the murder of 
Wdliam Morgan hy the Freemasons, and are 
a very valuable series hoth fi;om a literary 
and historical standpoint.] 

September 21, 1831. 
To Edward IngersoU, Esq., 

Mr. Chandler has truly informed you 
that I am a zealous Antimason to this 
extent : It is my deliberate opinion that 
from the time of the commission of the 
crimes committed at the kidnaping atid 
murder of William Morgan, it became 
the solemn and sacred, civic and social 
duty of every Masonic lodge in the 
United States either to dissolve itself, or 
to discard forever all administration of 
oaths and penalties and all injunctions 
of secrecy of any kind to its members. 
I believe it also their duty, though of less 
imperious obligation, to abolish all their 
ill-assorted, honorific titles, and childish 
or ridiculous pagents. 

I believed it also a duty sacredly in- 
cumbent upon every individual Freema- 
son in the United States to use all the 
influence in his power to prevail upon 
his brethren of the order to the same 
end, that is, to the total abolition of the 
order, or to its discarding forever all 
oaths, all penalties, all secrets, and all 
fantastic titles, exhibitions, and cere- 
monies heretofore used in the institution. 

Believing these to be their duties I did 
not feel myself called to take an active 
part in the controversy which I saw aris- 
ing in the community concerning them. 
I took considerable pains to avoid en- 
tering into that contioversy. I endured 
from individuals of the fraternity, insti- 
gated from the passions of the order, 
falsehood, by statements in their news- 
papers that I was one of their members ; 
perjitrw to afi^ect the presidential elec- 
tion, by an affidavit sworn to before a 
Masonic magistrate by a Master Mason 
that he had sat with me twice at meetings 
of a lodge at Pittsfield ; insulting cajol- 
ing, threatening anonymous letters from 
Masonic sources ; abusive slander and 
vituperation in Masonic newspapers, 

[jam[jlilcls, and c\cii Nolunics; and other 
wrongs of which it jjchooves me n(jl 10 
speak. All these 1 have endured for a 
space now of at least four \ears, withrjut 
reply, without comjjlaint. iie\'"er dis<riiis- 
ing in the conversation of >(;cial inter- 
course the o])ini(jns ahtne ex];ressed ; 
never seeking occasion to pi-(jnuilge 
them ; and declining time after time, ou 
many occasions and in various frjrin-^, to 
engage in the turmoil of Ma>onic and 
A n t i m a s o n i c w a r f a r e . 

At last an English shejjlierd of Ma- 
sonic sheep at Wiscasset, in Maine, has 
the impudence to vouch in m\- fatlicr as 
a witness to the sublime and transcend- 
ent virtues of Masonry, and in the same 
pamphlet casts a due portion of his Ma- 
sonic filth at me; for what? Because in 
a confidential letter, not intended for the 
public, and published without my con- 
sent, I had once written that I should 
never be a Mason ; aiid because 1 had 
twice, by special invitation, been present 
as a mere spectator at meetings of Anti- 
masons in Boston. Still I should ha\e 
overlooked Mr. Sheppard and his Ata- 
sonic virtues, with the rest, but that the 
editor of the Boston Press, undertaking 
to review his defense of Masonry, wrote 
to me to inquire what I knew of this 
pretended panegyric upon ^Masonry 1)\- 
my father. I then wrote the letter which 
you have seen, and which the friendl)' 
commentarv of A[r. Walsh — to whom 
you may, if you please, with my compli- 
ments, show this letter — attributes to the 
''error of the nuoou." 

I said, "the crime committeed at the 
kidnaping and luurder of \\ illiam ?\1 or- 
gan." Do von know what tlic\ were.' 
W'ere they not. 

1. Fraudulent abuse in repealed 
forms of the process of the \:\\v to ob- 
tain, upon false j)retenses, possession o\ 
the ])erson of A [organ. 

2. Infamous slander in those talse 
pretenses b\' first arresting him on a 
charge against him of i^ett}- larcenw 

3. Pre\-ious slander in new>pa])er ad- 
vertisements dcnouncmg hnn a^ a 
swindler and impostor. callinL;' tij^on 
brethren and eoni pdiiiojis ]\articularl\ to 
ol)ser\e. mark, and '^oi'ern theiiiselres ae- 



July, 1916. 

cord'uigly, and declaring that the fra- 
tcDUiy had amply provided aganist his 

evil designs. 

4. Lonspiracy of Masonic lodges as- 
sembled in great numbers, per jas et 
nefas, by the commission of any crime 
to suppress his book. 

5. Arson, b}^ setting fire at night to 
^Miller's printing office, in which building 
were eight or ten persons asleep, whose 
lives were saved only by the early dis- 
covery of the projected conflagration. 

6. Fraud, deception, and treachery in 
procuring from Morgan himself a part 
of his manuscript, which was finally sent 
by a special messenger to the General 
Grand Chapter of the United States in 
session at New York. 

7. Kidnaping — too successfully prac- 
ticed upon Morgan, attempted upon 

8. False imprisonment and transpor- 
tation of Morgan beyond the bounds of 
the United States into a foreign terri- 

9. A murder, taking nine days in its 
perpetration, keeping the wretched and 
helpless victim throughout the whole of 
that time in a state of continual and cruel 

Sleep upon this list of peccadilloes, and 
to-morrow I will give you upon them 
a word of comment. Yours, 

John Quincy Adams. 



In spite of the one day session and 
the cold rain that fell, the Annual Meet- 
ing on June sixth in the Reformed Pres- 
byterian church, of which our Director 
T. C McKnight is pastor, was a real suc- 
cess. There was manifest a spirit of 
thankfulness for divine help during the 
past year and a purpose to carry the 
work forward in more efficient ways. 
The reports printed elsewhere in this 
number will give our readers an idea of 
the scope of the meeting. 

The sympathetic presence of many of 
our brethren of the Reformed Presby- 
terian Synod about to meet in the same 
church was very cheering. 

The addresses of the evening by Rev. 
Dr. E. R. Worrell and Field Agent Kel- 

sey were listened to by a good sized audi- 
ence which undoubtedly would have been 
larger had not the weather been so dis- 
agreeable. Dr. Worrell's address was 
especially fine. We regret we do not 
have it for publication. 

We present to our readers in this num- 
ber the portraits of the new Board of 
Directors. Next month we expect to 
give those of the general offices. 


When a bartender, a hotel manager 
or a saloon proprietor takes pains to de- 
clare that he never tastes liquor, or al- 
lows a patron to imagine that any cus- 
tomer can treat him, there is an inevita- 
ble inference that, knowing his business, 
he judges it to be a dangerous one for 
all concerned. In like manner, when the 
mother of a ''show girl" volunteers, with- 
out being led to mention the subject — 
and volunteers with earnest distinctness 
— the boast that her daughter has main- 
tained the standard of a lady through all 
her life on the road, and that her char- 
acter has remained untainted, there is 
an unavoidable inference that this mother 
knows her girl to have led a life not lack- 
ing in the element of danger. When an 
actress of still higher rank claims to have 
added to her professional laurels the 
brighter jewel of tested and proved 
chastity, no inference is possible, save 
that one who knows the stage well knows 
it to be built of moral trap-doors. 

As plain an implication is to be in- 
ferred, when a member of a large secret 
order boasts that the local branch. of it 
plays cards without gambHng, allows no 
money to be lost at its pool table, and 
provides no drinks in its rooms. He 
obviously knows the order beyond this 
local lodge. If he emphasizes the boast 
by comparing other local lodges unfavor- 
ably, he broadens and intensifies his im- 
plication. He is in a hard case, where 
boasting is confession and praise is al- 
most drowned by its own heavier under- 
tone of blame. 


The "beautiful system of morals veiled 
in allegory" is yet more heavily veiled 
in hypocrisy. Its boasted vow of chas- 
tity opens wide the door toward crime, 
while reserving only a narrow space from 

July, 1916. 



which to exclude vice. Even there is 
found no vow of personal purity, al- 
though to be really chaste is to be per- 
sonally pure, since chastity is an attribute 
of character. This aspect of the virtue 
is set in strong antithetic light near the 
end of the sixth chapter of First Corin- 
thians, where everv other sin that a man 
commits is found outside the body, while 
he who is guilty of unchastity "sins 
against his own body." Against his own 
soul, as well, he sins, debasing his essen- 
tial character. An effect on intrinsic 
character is what Burns recognizes in 
saying to his young friend whom he 
sagely counsels : 

'T waive the quantum o' the sin, 
The hazard o' concealing ; 

But, och ! it hardens a' within, 
An' petrifies the feeling." 

It is not, then, the only hiatus in the 
unchristian promise that it includes no 
woman related to a member of that third 
degree, which it exclusively mentions, 
unless she is one of the very nearest 
relatives ; that it does not even include 
her, except in case her relationship — 
which need not be inquired about — hap- 
pens to be known ; that it relates to no 
relative of a member of the second de- 
gree, or of the first degree ; and that it 
ignores all other women in the world. 
Besides all this, there yet remains the 
blank where personal, individual purity 
of character and conduct is left un- 

jleni0 of ®ur Porft. 

The Cynosure is still good reading 
and it looks like old times when we have 
a debate. 

Masonry is the greatest farce and the 
greatest fraud on earth ! 

In Madison, Wis., I understand they 
have relay teams that make it their busi- 
ness to confer degrees, then they can 
go it day and night. It will never die a 
natural death ! 

(Rev.) J. B. Galloway. 

June 6, 1916. Poynette, Wis. 

Every day to every one of us, brings 
its questions, its worries, and its tasks. 
Thus we get our daily spiritual exercise. 
Every day we are blessed with new op- 
portunities for the development of 
strength of soul. — George Hodges. 


The lioard of eleven members elected 
at the last corporate meeting were from 
seven diflerent denominations which 
emphasizes not dcn(jminalioiia]i-ni, as 
some have asserted, but rather the inter- 
denominational character of the Nation- 
al Christian Association. 

We have held seven sessions during 
the past year. Regular meetings have 
been held on the first Monday of alter- 
nate months as a rule. 

We have divided the committee work 
among us ; some giving special attention 
during the interim between Board meet- 
ings to field work, others to finance, pub- 
lications, etc., and the whole has been 
reviewed in the full meetings of the 

The paid field agents have been Rev. 
W. B. Stoddard, Rev. J. F. Davidson, 
Mrs. Lizzie Roberson, Mr. Charles V. 
Farnham, and Rev. Mead A. Kelsey. 
The office force has consisted of Secre- 
tary-Treasurer William I. Phillips, Edi- 
tor James E. Phillips and the stenog- 

Encouragement and help has been ex- 
tended to the state associations of Wash- 
ington, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana. ]\Iichi- 
gan, Ohio, New York and Penns\l\ania. 
More or less assistance has been given 
to states where no local organization ex- 

The Association is under special obli- 
gation to see that the Gospel standard 
shall be raised against secret organiza- 
tions in New York. Pennsylvania, Ohio 
and Nebraska because of certain funds 
in its hands for that purpose, and this 
has been carefull\- attended to through 
the visits of our agents and tlio distribu- 
tion of our literature. 

Your Board of Directors has been 
thankful for the unpaid services of many 
in dififerent parts of our land, and we 
have gratctiilly assisted them with, tree 
literature so far as funds for the same 
would permit. We thank our Lord 
Jesus Christ for stich men as CMiarles G. 
l>ritt(^n on tlie Pacilic cc^ast and Mrs. 
Hannah Chandler in the Sonlh. M I's. 
Chandler was formerly an organizer of 
lodges and was held in great favor by 



July, 1916. 

them until her conversion to Jesus 
Christ which changed her whole course 
of life and she has since been a faithful 
evangelist and coworker with us. We 
also desire to mention the constant serv- 
ices of Evangelists J- L. Davis and G. B. 
Crockett, two faithful and untiring work- 
ers to whom it has been our privilege to 
send literature from time to time. We 
have also been able to accomplish some- 
thing through coworkers who have been 
able to give but very little time, but have 
received tracts and used them in Wash- 
ington, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, 
Xorth Dakota, Mmnesota, Pennsylvania, 
Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Wis- 
consin. New Jersey, New York, Massa- 
chusetts, South Carolina, Indiana, Kan- 
sas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, 
Louisiana and Texas. 

In this place we would like to men- 
tion Mr. B. M. Holt of Clifton, Texas, 
a member of the Lutheran church, who 
has accomplished very much during the 
past year by his research work and self- 
sacrificing efforts to advance the inter- 
ests of the Church of Christ. We have 
"lent a hand" whenever we could but 
we feel that we have received more from 
him than we have been able to give him, 
and that he has really been of great 
service to the cause of truth. 

The Hildreth Fund for furnishing 
''Finney on Masonry" or Blanchard on 
"Modern Secret Societies," has placed 
these books in the hands of the gradu- 
ates of the Chicago Theological Sem- 
inary (Congregational), and the McCor- 
mick Theological Seminary (Presbyteri- 

The great need of securing additional 
funds for maintaining and enlarging our 
work led your Board through its Com- 
mittee on Field Work to engage Rev. 
Mead A. Kelsey of the Friends church 
to undertake the work of lecturing and 
of securing funds for a year beginning 
September ist, 1915, and ending August 
31st, 1916, but it is the hope that the re- 
sults shall be mutually satisfactory, and 
that Rev. Mr. Kelsey's services shall be 
secured for many years to come. 

Matters involving the financial inter- 
ests of the Association, such as the loan- 
ing of Trust Funds and the protection of 
the Association's interests in real estate, 
etc., have been happily cared for. The As- 

sociation's headquarters — ^the ''Carpenter 
Building" — is in good repair and our 
facilities for handling the book and tract 
business and correspondence has never 
been as good as at the present time. Our 
office is now steam heated and electric 
lighted. The City Mission of the Chris- 
tian Reformed churches of Chicago, oc- 
cupy all of the building not needed for 
our work. 

Through the thoughtful and kind act 
of Mrs. Louisa A. Coryell of Grand 
Rapids, Michigan, the Association is 
now the possessor of a "Rest Home" for 
its officers and friends. It is located on 
Les Chenaux Island number five and is 
about fifteen miles northeast of Macki- 
naw Island. The island is noted as a 
health resort and as a delightful place 
for boating, bathing and fishing. 

Your Board recommends for member- 
ship in the corporate body, Mr. T. H. 
Brenneman, secretary-treasurer Indi- 
ana Christian Association, Goshen, Indi- 
ana ; Professor J. R. Millin, Knoxville 
College, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Mr. 
L. Woodruff, a manufacturer of Bing- 
hamton. New York; Mrs. Hannah 
Chandler, 3018 Cochran street, Dallas, 
Texas; Elder J. L. Davis, Qiuail, Ken- 
tucky, and Elder B. G. Crockett, Der- 
mott, Arkansas ; Rev. F. E. Allen, Su- 
perior, Nebraska ; Rev. J. M. Coleman 
of Bloomington, Indiana ; Rev. A. W. 
Harrold, Columbiana, Ohio; Rev. A. H. 
Lehman, 639 West i8th street, Chicago, 
and George Slager, 4049 Grenshaw 
street, Chicago. 

D. S. Warner, Chairman. 
W. I. Phillips, Secretary. 


Have you made your Will? This is 
the latest propaganda sweeping the coun- 
try. Having learned how to save money 
and accumulate property we are now be- 
ing taught how to dispose of both. Bank- 
ers are issuing booklets and papers are 
being read before business men's meet- 
ings and everywhere the importance of 
making an adequate legal will is being 

Correspondence is solicited with those 
who wish to make their Wills and to help 
perpetuate this reform movement. Ask 
also concerning our new Annuity Bonds. 
Address, National Christian Association, 
850 W. A/[adison St., Chicago, 111. 

July, 1916. 



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July, 1916. 







A year ago your committee brought 
to me your thoughtful resolution of 
sympathy and expression of a hope and 
prayer for my full restoration to health. 
It has seemed to me for the last three 
months that your prayer has been an- 
swered and I wish to thank you and 
acknowledge my gratitude to God for 
being able once more to go about my 
Master's business. My recovery under 
God has been due to your sympathy and 
consideration and the good help received 
from your assistant secretary. 

It is forty-eight years since the work 
of the National Christian Association 
began. Bishop Milton Wright of Day- 
ton, Ohio, is the only one left of the old- 
er men whose membership dates with 
the beginning of our organization. We 
are grateful to God for what the fathers 
did. And many will also thank our Lord 
for continuing the good w'ork to this 
day. Some twenty years ago men said 
the end of this Association would come 
in about three years, but God knew^ dif- 
ferently and the end is not yet; old 

friends and new have rallied to uur help. 
We praise Him. 

Our aim has ever been to testify to 
the only one sufficient Way and Name 
by whom we must be saved ; and to fling 
out a banner of warning as to the Secret 
Society System wdiich promises to lead 
to heaven, but actually leads to hell. 
"Their way is as darkness ; the}- know 
not at what they stumble." The work 
is God's and he has permitted us to sco 
many evidences of its value during the 
past year. 

Our held is the United States, though 
it ouoht to be the world, for there is 
only one National Christian Association, 
while there is need for one in every land. 
A missionar}- writing from Ko]k\ fajian. 
for our literature, said: The dean oi the 
Methodist l)i\'init\- ."^cIkh)! in Kobe i< a 
Mason and is, or was. chaplain ot the 
lodire there. Another correspondent -a\s 
that three professors in the ■'luiphr.ncs 
College," of the American l-oard. are 
]\[asons with such a following ot stu- 
dents who become nati\e ]»astors that 
native Christians ]i;ive importuned our 
Association for help ai^ainst this de- 
christianizinLi- influence. Im-oiu South 



July, 1916. 

Africa, from Ih-azil — in all lands, in fact, 
Satan's Secret Society Church flourishes. 
\o call from afar has gone unheeded, 
though we could do hut little; for our 
chief work and duty was and is in our 
ow n land. 

Une phase of our work has been to 
meet, so far as possible, the demand for 
lectures, and to that end hve field agents 
have been employed for a longer or 
shorter period during the year ; and ad- 
ditional help has been secured on special 
occasions. The regular agents have 
given nearly 900 addresses and sermons 
during the past year. 

Something more than 100,000 pages 
of tracts have been sent out and over 200 
books and booklets were given where 
there was special need and probability of 
good being done. The "Hildreth Fund" 
supplied 70 bound volumes to as many 
graduates of Theological Seminaries. 
Uur lectures, of course, have been freely 
supplied with tracts according to their 
needs, and also many volunteer workers 
have been furnished so far as our means 
would permit.' Special mention, I think, 
is due Mr. Charles G. Britton for his 
voluntary labors as a distributor of our 
literature in California, especially in the 
places around about San Francisco. He 
has given much time to the work and 
the Association has freely supplied the 
thousands of pages of testimony which 
he has distributed. 

The book sales, while not large, were 
greater than last year, but the net profit 
of a little more than $500 w^as less than 
the year before. 

We have sent out, in round numbers, 
35,000 copies of the Christian Cyno- 
sure, and it has met deserved praise 
from some who have been benefited. 
One young lodge man was handed a 
copy and was made very angry, but 
wrote me that it led to his freedom in 
Christ from lodge bondage. One criti- 
cism of the Cynosure, as also of our 
Field Agents, is that too little attention 
is given to the minor secret orders. You 
may wish to make a declaration on this 
for future guidance. The unhappy in- 
fluence of the minor orders is not small ; 
and there is a reason. An illustration 
used by the late Jonathan Blanchard in 
referring to the minor secret orders is 
doubtless true and to the point : when 

the swine of Gadara rushed headlong 
into the sea, some of them were great 
big hogs, others were medium sized hogs, 
while others were young pigs, but the 
demon spirits were in each. 

More of my time, the past year, has 
been spent in the office than I had in- 
tended. My health for much of the time, 
forbade anything different. I have, 
however, visited various cities and peo- 
ple in the interests of the N. C. A. in 
the states of Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, In- 
diana and New York. If it was not for 
the necessity of seeing people and urg- 
ing upon them the financial claims of our 
Association, my whole time could be 
profitably given to the correspondence 
and other duties of the office. The de- 
mand made upon the Association by min- 
isters and laymen grows greater year by 
year. Some ministers need advice along 
our line in respect to some member of 
their congregation, or they may need in- 
formation respecting the secrets and 
principles of well known or new lodges, 
or are seeking facts to be used in a ser- 
mon or address, or desire help on some 
general theme which is to come before a 
Synod or general Conference, etc. I 
have been assured by several men and 
women, that my letters and the literature 
sent, have enabled them to save loved 
ones from the lodge, in some instances, 
and in others to bring them out of secret 
associations. I have also sent out sev- 
eral thousand circular letters on various 
subjects and cared for the real estate and 
trust funds so far as these matters were 
in my power. 

The need; who can express it? If 
we walk in the light as He is in the light, 
we have fellowship with Him and with 
one another. Is a man walking in the 
light who obligates himself to a secret 
lodge? A student from one of the Bible 
schools of this city came to the N. C. A. 
office for help. He was a Mason. He 
had taken Jesus Christ as Savior and 
Lord. Fie knew that nothing less would 
satisfy the Lord Jesus Christ than a sur- 
rendered will and loyal obedience on his 
part. "Were you loyal to him," I asked, 
"when you became a Mason? If you 
had said to the lodge ; 'Let me know the 
obligations and also the ceremonies, that 
I may ask my Lord if he approves the 
step,' would the lodge have given you 

July, 1916. 



this information?" "No," he replied, "1 
had to trust them. I sec it now, 1 was 
disloyal to my Lord, i had no right to 
surrender my judgment and conscience 
to lodge men to decide for me." I do 
not give the exact words, liul the suIj- 
stance. The result was a Chri.-tian de- 
livered from bondage. 

Indeed, can the need to-day for in- 
struction on separation and lo3alty to 
God be overstated ? It is greatly needed 
by many of the present-day Christian 
converts. The fact is evident because 
they not only receive little or no instruc- 
tion in this matter, but also because many 
evangelists purposely and repeatedly 
praise the lodge. I quote from "lUlly 
Sunday's" letter of June 28, 1910: 'T 
have never opposed any secret societies ; 
I have always boosted them." There are 
marked exceptions, but a large number 
pattern after Evangelist Sunday. 

Secret associations are playing no les^ 
a part than formerly in governmental 
matters. The recent unionizing of pub- 
lic employes is in point. The need of 
teaching right principles as to the Labor 
Union movement is most imperative. 
While all laborers have a right to organ- 
ize if they wish and a right to collec- 
tive bargaining, yet Labor Unions as 
such are busy submarining the rights of 
laboring men, and the rights of the pub- 
lic. Is there any body of men so merci- 
less and murderous toward their fellows 
as are the LInions toward nonunion la- 
borers ? We have had plenty of exam- 
ples of this awful spirit in our city with- 
in the past few years. 

We should be very grateful to such 
papers as the Chicago Daily AUivs and 
the Chicago Evening Post, which have 
editorially expressed the right principles 
as to the duty of the public em])loyes in 
the recent fight made by the public school 
teachers for the privilege of becoming a 
unit in the American Federation of La- 
bor. Would it not be well to give more 
attention to these movements which are 
changing the great body of our public 
school teachers into partisans of the se- 
cret lodge system. Public em])loyes 
have no right to all}' themselves with 
the secret labor unions. A policeman, 
for example, is in dut}- l)()und to take his 
orders from the city authorities and not 
from some Tammany society or society 

of organized ]al)or : the pnbhc -chool 
teaclier lias in her school room chiuh-en 
from all classes of society and sliould not 
be j)ermitted to h.ave a responsibi]it\- to 
a class, the Labor Lnic^ns, that is' su- 
])crior to or in c(jnt]irl with what thev 
owe the ])ublic, yet under the leadership 
of I'resicient (iompers of the American 
Federation of Labor, the ("hica'-o Dublic 

CARPENTER r.iii.iiixi; 


school teachers have succcssfn11\- detied 
the public which emplo}-ed them. That 
j)ublic school teachers, who serxc ihe 
whole pu])lic. should not be under speciab 
secret oblii^ations to the Labor Lnion> 
ought to be pertectlx jtitent to e\eryone' 
MaN' we not do more this coming year 
to make thi^ e\ ident ? 

\ former member ot our I'oard (^t 
Lirectors, who is now a pastiM" in Michi- 
gan. said: "I used to think that the 
X. C. .\. did not amount to mnch. but 
1 ha\e changed my nnnd since I ha\e 



July, 1916. 

been in more intimate connection with 
it." That our work is not on a scale 
that its importance demands is true. 
One question that may w^ell engage your 
attention to-day is how to make the in- 
liuence of the Association more widely 

If the General Synods or Conferences 
of the twenty or more rcHgious bodies 
in sympathy with us could be moved to 
take some action which would put its 
stamp of approval upon this Associa- 
tion and authorize any individual church 
so desiring to take offerings for the N. 
C. A., such a step on the part of 
friendly denominations would easily en- 
large our work and influence. This has 
already been done by the General Synod 
of the Christian Reformed church. It 
was very cheering to receive over $500.00 
from some of these Christian Reformed 
churches during the year just closed. 

I would suggest that action be taken 
by this body looking to some plan by 
which the N. C. A. may be more suc- 
cessful in securing the financial help of 
friendly denominations, and in turn be 
more helpful to those churches which 
contribute to the work. 



After nine months in your service I 
submit this my first annual report. I am 
reminded that these have been in a large 
measure months of exploration be- 
cause, for the most part, I have missed 
the advantage of acquaintanceship with 
the friends of the cause, and with the 
field, and have oftentimes visited places 
without any known point of contact 
in the community. But from these 
there have at times sprung the larg- 
est blessing — the blessing of discov- 
ery. It should also be stated that the 
way has often been opened for me by 
introduction or suggestion from Gen- 
eral Secretary Wm. I. Phillips, whose 
services in this respect have been inval- 

I have labored in Indiana, Kansas, 
Michigan, Nebraska and Illinois. In ad- 
dition I attended the Iowa State Con- 
vention at Pella, and have given three 
addresses at other points in the state. 
In Indiana I promoted a State Conven- 
tion at Richmond which, while disap- 

pointing in point of attendance, pre- 
sented a splendid array of talent, and I 
believe drew elements into the organ- 
ization that will make for the develop- 
ment of the work in the state. I have 
spoken at twelve different points in In- 
diana including addresses given at two 
annual meetings of the Friends church, 
one at Richmond and the other at Plain- 

My work in Kansas was chiefly a lec- 
ture tour among the Reformed Presby- 
terian churches where I found good 
openings and very cordial reception. I 
also had a number of opportunities to 
address the Friends, including their an- 
nual meeting at Wichita. If I continue 
in the work I intend to see our state 
work in Kansas revived. 

For the month of January I put my- 
self at the disposal of the Christian Re- 
formed churches of Michigan and I look 
back upon that period of service with 
the largest satisfaction. Everywhere I 
experienced the most cordial reception, 
and opportunity was afforded for me to 
speak. Audiences ranged from one hun- 
dred to five hundred and offerings for 
the work were usually good, in fact this 
was the best financial month I have had. 
I delivered addresses before the students 
of Calvin College and Theological Sem- 
inary at Grand Rapids, and Hope Theo- 
logical School of the Reformed church 
at Holland. In this connection I ought 
to say that I found, with but one excep- 
tion, the pastors of the Reformed 
churches warmly sympathetic with the 

My next field was Nebraska where I 
spent six weeks promoting a State Con- 
ference, and in speaking, distributing 
tracts, and doing personal work. This I 
look upon as the hardest task that I have 
had, but I expect the organization which 
was effected to be second to none in 
results, if in fact it does not lead. 
The big debate at Red Cloud in which 
our cause was so ably represented by 
Rev. F. E. Allen, the president of the 
Nebraska Association, was the direct 
outgrowth of this campaign. 

Lastly, I came to Illinois for work un- 
til the time of the conference at Cerro 
Gordo, which had been arranged by Sec- 
retary Phillips. I spoke at many places 
— from Naperville in the north to 

July, 1916. 



Marissa in the south — including three 
colleges. The Cerro Gordo Conference 
was well attended but it was mostly local 
as the conference was held chiefly on 
the Sabbath. This barred our organizing 
a State Association as we had hoped, but 
from other points of view the meeting 
was a success. The Church of the 
Brethren which entertained this con- 
ference supported it nobly, which is in 
keeping with the historic attitude and 
loyalty of this branch of Christ's Church. 
This conference over I returned to my 
home and family for a little respite, hav- 
ing been absent for nearly three months. 

During the period of my service, my 
receipts have been as follows : From lit- 
erature sales approximately $250 ; dona- 
tions passing through my hands, $243.86 ; 
membership, $51, making a total of 
$544.86. I have given 87 addresses and 
sermons on the lodge question, and 49 
other addresses and sermons, making a 
total of 138. My record of calls for 
eight months is 469. The total for trav- 
eling expenses amounts to $272.31. 

And now I would report some con- 
victions that have been born of these 
months of experience and observation. 
That the association has done and is do- 
ing a great and invaluable service for the 
Kingdom of Christ has been impressed 
upon my consciousness with increased 
emphasis, but I am convinced that we 
have about if not quite reached our max- 
imum efficiency without some rather 
radical departure in methods. What I 
have in mind relates to our state organ- 
izations. These have been, and are, con- 
sidered an essential element in the suc- 
cess of our work, but the actual record 
for the greater part has been that of 
weakly children that have survived for 
a time and then passed away, or else 
eked out a precarious existence, never 
getting beyond the nursery stage of life. 
This is by no me3ns given as a criticism 
upon the administration, but sim|)1y that 
we may face a situation where 1 believe 
that we should go forward. One strong 
central organization, essential as that is, 
can never reach the goal in this great 
fight, but we must have strong self-sus- 
taining organizations in every state in 
the Union — organizations with paid sec- 
retaries devoting their whole time to the 
work. This has been the secret of the 

growing success of the Anti-Saloon 
League and must be of every movement 
lliat attempts a nation-wide rei'(M-ni. Tliis 
will of c(jursc strike some as a Utopian 
dream — something impossible oi realiza- 
tion, and yet I do not regard it as such, 
it will take faith, devotion, perseverance, 
but it can Ijc done. If it be objected 
ih'it it would cost too hcaxiK' to ];ul ^ucli 
a scheme in o])eratioii I rcpl\- that it 
would i)ay in the end. If it be feared 
that such a course would divert funds 
from the treasury of the National Asso- 
ciation I reply that such an effect could 
not be more than tem])orar\- for there 
would always be those who would see 
that the head fountain must be fed if 
the flow and volume of the great stream 
of influence was to go on increasing in 
power and blessing. Besides such a 
method would discover man\- new 
sources of supply, and in time e\-en the 
state organizations themselves might be- 
come feeders to the parent association. 
Now while subject entirely to the judg- 
ment and direction of the Board of Di- 
rectors, this is what I would like to tr\' 
if I shall go on in the work for another 
year. My plan would be to select perhaj)s 
two states, or one, for the experiment, 
and devote to each several montlis, or 
such time as was needed to getting the 
W'ork on its feet. Two states organized 
along the lines indicated would to my 
mind make a st)lendid showing for a 
year's work. 



The goodness of God in granting me 
health and strength so that for more tlrni 
thirty years I have beeti pri\-ilcgcd to 
bring }'ou my greeting. surcl\- gi\os rea- 
son for thanksgiving. What greater 
blessing could come to a man than to be 
a participant in building the kingdom 
eternal ? Are we not f(Trcefully re- 
minded of the uncertaint\- of the en- 
durance of earthly kingdoms^ Surelv. 
"lie builds too low. who l)nild> beneath 
the skies !" 

The effect of one life uj^on the mil- 
lions who come and go. can be but lit- 
tle. When the great summitig up time 
comes will it not be shown that all as- 
sociations which honor L'hri-t. and each 



July, 1916. 

factor in such associations have con- 
tributed their parts in the great sum 
total of the world's redemption? Do I 
value the work of the National Chris- 
tian Association too highly when I say 
lionor to Christ underlies and is the mo- 
tive of all true reforms? Is not false 
worship responsible for every evil mani- 
festation? Is. there any agency on earth 
that lives in false worship as does the 
secret lodge? Let people worship God 
right, and all the organized evil wall be 

That there is continual need of our 
association is daily manifest. "My peo- 
ple are gone into captivity for want of 
knowledge" was not Avritten alone for 
ages past, but applies with increased 
force to that in which w^e live. Reform 
workers must necessarily touch all sorts 
of lives. Some are men who are awake 
to the needs of the situation, who think 
and act with wisdom in meeting them. 
Others, perhaps, do not belong to any 
lodge and would be thankful if there 
were none, but. do nothing to help put 
them away. "There is no use," they 
say : "people have always gone wrong, 
and they always will." Still another 
class may be represented by the returned 
missionary whom I met the other day. 
"I am not a lodge m?.n," he said, "but 
ni}- father was. It seems to me as long 
as the church is so deficient in caring 
for its needy members, there will be a 
place for the lodge." Here was a man 
wdio loved Christ so much he was will- 
ing to make the sacrifices of a worker in 
a difficult field, and yet in such darkness 
as to the W'orking and real character of 
the lodge system as to think it should 
be given a chance to suppl)^ a deficiency 
discovered in the church. Had this man 
known the true character of the lodge, 
he would doubtless have seen that it not 
only was not supplying a church de- 
ficiency, but was the greatest possible 
hindrance to a rectifying of that de- 
ficiency. Whatever may have been his 
excellencies of faith and character, his 
lack of knowledge regarding a vast sys- 
tem of false worship was deplorable. We 
are after the "foe in hiding," which, 
dragged from its secluded chambers, 
"writhes in pain and dies amid its wor- 
shippers." Tear ofif the veil of secrecy 
and lodges could not exist. 

Having but little, there must be a con- 
tinual cry for more funds. My actual 
requirements have, of course, been met 
or I could not continue in the work. 
The loving kindness of some of our 
friends makes me feel humble and re- 
joice that I am deemed worthy of their 
kind support. There could be, and I 
think there should be, much more of. the 
Lord's money finding its w^ay into the 
N. C. A. treasury. Aside from moneys 
used in the holding of state meetings, by 
field collections aggregated but $235.22 
during the past year. The fact that 
churches where I have spoken were 
many of them pushing hard for their 
own needs and also the fact that I espe- 
cially sought to secure Cynosure sub- 
scriptions, has doubtless limited my gath- 
ering in this line. My success in getting 
readers for our organ has been equal to 
that of the best years. I am reporting 
over one thousand subscriptions secured, 
fully one-half being new. While it has 
been my policy to revisit churches and 
cities found sympathetic, I am always 
looking for opportunities in new fields. 
The field is not small. My greatest dif- 
ficulty is to accept the calls that come 
and attend to the needs that press. I 
would not have you think that I always 
fine people everywhere who welcome me. 
Some of the loudest calls are to places 
where they do not w^ant me. 

My traveling expenses for the year 
were $511.84. The larger portion of this 
was for transportation. The generous 
hospitality of friends has made hotel bills 
comparatively small. A total of 186 lec- 
tures and addresses have been delivered 
to audiences of the usual size ; 2,623 is 
the estimated number of calls made in 
Cynosure solicitations or otherwise, in 
the interests of our work. There is nec- 
essarily much of sameness in the work, 
but enough of variety to make it inter- 
esting. There is a sadness that comes to 
me when a staunch friend is removed by 
death, and I have joy in seeing the hap- 
piness of a new convert. 

Starting to an untried field with doubts 
as to the result, I have often been made 
to rejoice in the fruit from the efiforts 
put forth. At times the indifference and 
cowardice of those expected to stand for 
Christ against his chief enemy is trying 
in the extreme, but in the darkest hour 

July, 1916. 



1 am cheered with the thought that thert 
are yet thousands "who have not ho wed 
the knee to Baal." 

I have supermtendcd tlie holding of 
state conventions in the United Ires- 
byterian church, Uell Center, ()hio; 
in the Christian Reformed church. Ro- 
chester, New York, and in .the Church 
of the Brethren, Hanover, I'ennsylvania. 
These conventions have contributed 
much to the spread of needed light. In 
point of numbers reached, the ojjpor- 
tunity afforded me of addressing the x\n- 
nnal Meeting of the Church of the 
Brethren at Hershey Park, Pennsylvania, 
last June, was prob:ibly the greatest. It 
was estimated hfty thousand were in at- 
tendance at that gathering. Multitudes 
there heard of the N. C. A. work for the 
first time. 

As usual, I have visited many schools, 
colleges, conferences, tent meetings, 
camp meetings, and other assemblies of 
people where opportunity has been found 
for the dissemination of our special 
theme. My travel has averaged tw^o 
thousand miles per month, and has ex- 
tended from Chicago to Boston. I have 
probably accomplished more during the 
past month in reaching the churches 
than in any single month since I have 
been in the field. Much credit for this 
is due to our general secretary, who had 
discovered in advance where lectures 
were desired, and could thus help me 
reach the most in the time at my dis- 

Brethren, our fathers are promoted. 
The enemy invades our heritage. The 
church laments her w^eakness. The cry 
of the oppressed is loud in our ears. 
Millions stagger on in blindness toward 
they know not what. Is this a time to 
relax effort — to sound the call to re- 
treat? Nay verily! Let us continue to 
sound the alarm ; to point the way to vic- 
tory until the King eternal comes for 
his own. 


Dearly Beloved President and r>relh- 
ren of the National Christian Associa- 
tion: Greeting in Jesus name. I beg 
leave to make my fifth annual report as 
a member of our great .Vssociation. An- 
other year is gone. I feel like an un- 
profitable servant, and yet, according to 

my ability, I have let the Lord use me 
as best be could. Where there is little, 
but little is rc(juire(l. Yet, all I have I 

give to Jesus. 

1 have visited eight cities in Texas, 
viz.: Dallas. Paris, Denison, l''fjrt W'fjrtb, 
Waco, .\ustin, .San Antonio and Ihni.-tcjn. 
I lectured to more than ihiru thousand 
pe(Ji)lc in Texas (white aiifj CMJorcdj, 
and the Word and the tract- ]ia\e can.-ed 
many to gi\'c U]) tlicir lodge or \do\ 
worship. 1 distninUed tracts in all of 
the cities, also sold aljout eight dollars 
worth of rituals. 

I have visited, since ^larch last, Ilnnt- 
ington and hT. Smith, Arkan>a-, and als(j 
three towns in ( )klahoma, \iz. : Red- 
land, Cnion and Eufaula. 

The Lord has had me take the Bible 
and the rituals in m}- hand, 'uid he has 
enabled me to offset all the Devil's cun- 
ning by showdng the people that the 
Word of God is put into the rituals in 
order to get good people into the lodge. 
My people will go into anything, if \ou 
tell them God is in it. My i)eople are 
to be pitied. We are just fift}- }ears 
from slave^'y, and not (juite three hun- 
dred years from dark Africa's jungles. 

I am sorry our white brothers ever let 
us know anything about secret oriler<. 
Wdien we came out of slaver}' (iod 
helped us and blessed us. We found out 
that we could get into the lodge and we 
just took the lodge and ])ut it in tlie 
church. W'e took the school and |)ut 
that in the cluirch. We tO(^k the fairs 
and suppers and [uU them iri the church, 
and by that time the church was dead 
and left us religious, Ijut not Christian'. 
Some Christians whom i]od brought out 
of the lodges, are letting the l)e\-il slip 
the bridle of unioni-ni on iheni. \\ e are 
like the ancient tril)e of Kphraim ; we 
are a cake not turned ( 1 losea, 7: S-i!)). 
W^e think our white friends are all 
right, aTid it' ihe\' want us to go \ulo 
anxthing we (h^ it. This is especially 
true if it is sor.iething we ought to stay 
out of. 

N(wv, dear white lirethren. there are 
some ot' us following xon ni the right 
direction. We coh)red people \oyc (iod. 
and our jji-eacliers are our le'iders. It all 
of them would cry again-^t thi- sin. we 
would throw oti the lodge x'oke. 

1 am saddened when 1 think oi our 



July, 1916. 

great loss in the home-going of our dear 
little white mother, Miss J. P. Moore, 
who gave something over fifty-three 
vears of her life to show the poor un- 
educated colored people the way to God. 
I also thank God for you brethren who 
are still holding up Christ Jesus to a 
downtrodden race. Our dear little 
Mother ]\Ioore went to sleep in Jesus on 
the 15th of April, at Selma, Ala. She 
never wearied in pointing us to Jesus, 
until to-day there are in consequence of 
her work thousands walking in the 
King's highway. May God bless the 
work of the N. C. A. for this coming 
year as never before. Enclosed I send 
you $2 to help in the work. I wanted 
to be present but one day's notice was 
too short a time for me to come so far. 
Yours in Jesus, 

Lizzie Roberson. 



I find great pleasure in presenting to 
you herewith my annual report for the 
year ending April 30, 1916. I have trav- 
eled extensively in the southeast, south- 
west, central and southern half of Louis- 
iana, taking in the cities of Alexandria, 
Baton Rouge, Plaquemine, Donaldsville, 
New Iberia, Crowley and Covington and 
a large portion of the rural districts. I 
have visited two Baptist state conven- 
tions, three district associations, two an- 
nual Methodist conferences, three district 
conferences, four Sunday school con- 
ventions, four educational meetings and 
ten ministers' county conferences and 

I have been permitted to speak of our 
work and secure Cynosure readers at 
all of the meetings except two. I was 
very well received and treated kindly at 
most places. 

I have visited six schools and I have 
also delivered many lectures and dis- 
tributed tracts. I have conducted four 
revivals where I preached or lectured 
two or three times daily. At these meet- 
ings sixty souls accepted Jesus Chri,st as 
their personal Savior. I have delivered 
199 addresses and preached 204 gospel 
sermons. I have traveled 7,000 miles, 
by rail, by boat, by hack and on foot, 

and have made 1,605 personal calls, read 
the Bible, had prayer and discussed the 
lodge, the saloon and other hindrances 
to the spread of the gospel. I have re- 
ceived $435.44 from all sources and spent 
$269.18 for traveling expenses. I have 
secured 729 readers to the Christian 
Cynosure. The privations, hardships 
and persecutions I have suffered have 
been many, but thanks be to the God who 
giveth strength and victory through our 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he has 
kept me steadfast. 

Sister Lizzie Woods Roberson ren- 
dered great service in our antisecrecy 
conference at White Castle. 

I send my hearty greetings to your 
Annual Meeting and offer earnest prayer 
for a glorious session. 



It may seem almost a waste of time 
to receive a report from the Editor, for 
the monthly visits of the Cynosure have 
in one sense been continual evidence of 
his activity. 

There is nothing spectacular about 
editing, which fact makes a report more 
than ordinarily difficult. In fact, the 
working up of copy is a sort of literary 
drudgery, and the only time when it gives 
promise of being exciting is when our 
changes in the manuscript raises the 
wrath of some correspondent whose lit- 
erary excellence, perhaps, we have failed 
to comprehend. Our friends, however, 
have been very patient and the fact that 
the mailing list shows no falling off in 
numbers, proves that the editor is of a 
peaceful disposition. 

I have always had a strong feeling of 
sympathy for Moses who, being a man 
of few words, needed Aaron to speak 
for him. But I am more fortunate than 
Moses for more than one Aaron has 
come to my assistance, and to all such 
I wish to publicly acknowledge thanks. 

A year ago the honor of this office 
was given me, and knowing my own 
limitations, I hesitated to accept it. Kind 
words of encouragement and apprecia- 
tion from friends, some of whom I have 
never met but with whose names I have 
become familiar, have indeed lightened 
the task and been an incentive to put 
forth my best efforts. 

July, 1916. 



One of the greatest difficulties con- 
fronting the editor is to select from the 
large amount of material constantly pre- 
sented to him^ only enough to hll the 
space at his disposal. If funds would 
permit, a magazine twice the size of the 
present Cynosure, or a bi-monthly peri- 
odical of the present size,, could easily 
be issued. Perhaps there are friends of 
the cause who would help endow the 
Cynosure to broaden its work and make 
it permanent. 

Month by month we read twenty-one 
fraternal journals, among which are 
Masonic, Odd-Fellows, Woodmen of the 
World, Knights of Columbus, Elks, 
Eagles, Rebekah, Knights of Pythias, 
Moose, Modern Woodmen of America, 
and Royal Neighbors. It is "B. L. T." 
of the Chicago Tribune, I believe, who 
said that a lodge journal was the most 
dry, sun parched literary desert in the 
world. Having read these twenty or 
more specimens of lodge literature for 
several months, I have no reason to differ 
with "B. L. T.'s" judgment. 

The casual reader may not have 
thought of the fact that there were more 
than forty contributors to the columns 
of the Cynosure during last year, and 
about 375 articles on the dififerent phases 
of the lodge question were printed. 

Among the articles of especial value 
were several on the Farmers' Union, 
which is a live issue in certain localities. 
"The Batavia Tragedy," by Charles 
Francis Adams, was an eloquent intro- 
duction to the letters of his father, 
John Quincy Adams, which are now be- 
ing republished in our columns. "My 
First Mob,'' an account by President 
Blanchard of his experiences in the early 
days of this struggle is a piece of his- 
tory well worth preserving. "The r)irth 
of a Nation" was a timely article just 
now when Dixon's play by that name 
seeks to glorify the work of that criminal 
band, the Ku-Klux-Klan, and to blacken 
the memory of true patriots and states- 
ment of post-bellum days. ''Church and 
Lodge," by Rev. ( ). M. Norlie, was an 
able study of the claims of the lodge to 
benevolence and insurance in contrast 
with the church. 

Through the columns of the Cynosuri-: 
seceders testified to having been freed 
from various orders, among them being 

Masonry, Odd-h'ellowship, Ancient Or- 
der of [inilcd Workmen, larmer's Mu- 
tual and I'rotective Association, The 
(irange, AIcKlcrn Woodmen oi America, 
Independent ( )rder of United American 
Mechanics, Sons of Temperance, Good 
Templars and Knights of Pyt-hias. 

Criticism has been made that the 
CvNosuKi': has dexoted its coluinii- al- 
most exclusivel}' to o])j)osition to Ma- 
sonry, and has not said enough about 
the minor orders. There has probablv 
been some excuse for this due to the 
fact that the underlying principles ot' all 
secret orders are inherited from the 
mother of them all — hVeemasonry. Dur- 
ing the past year, however, some fifty- 
three different orders were treated in the 
Cynosure. The list includes : Jesuits. 
Eagles, Elks, Farmers' L'nion. College 
and High School Fraternities, Free- 
masonry in its many branches, Ancient 
( )rder United Workmen, Maccabees, 
Modern Woodmen of America. Indus- 
trial Workers of the World, Knights (jf 
Columbus, Ku-Klux-Klan, Labor Unions 
of many kinds, Owds, Blue Goose, Chris- 
tian Knights and Heroines of Ethiopia 
of the East and West Hemispheres. 
Christian Willing Workers Union. Cow- 
boy Rangers, Foresters, Grand x\rmy of 
the Republic, White Caps, Flep Sino- 
Tong, Human Leopards, Knights and 
Daughters of Tabor^ Knights and Ladies 
of Security, Knights of Pythias. ]\Iafia. 
Ancient Order of ]\Iuts. S'ight Riders, 
F. Campus Vitus, ( )n Leong Tong, 
Patriotic Order Sons of America, LTiited 
Order of Pilgrim heathers. Possum Hunt- 
ers, Praetoreans, lvo}al Arcanum, (iuar- 
dians of Liberty, Yellow Dogs. Moose. 
( )dd-Fellows, Knights of St. Colum- 
banus, Eagle Boy Scouts. Maccabee V^oy 
Scouts, Ancient Order of United Work- 
men, Farmers' Mutual Protecti\"e Asso- 
ciation, (n-ange. Independent ( )rder of 
United .\merican Mechanics. Sons oi 
Tem[)erance and ( iood Templars. This 
policy of giving information on as larije 
a number of orders as possible w ill. lie 
Cdutinncd during the coming _\-ear. 

Tn closing I want to give my heart\- 
thanks to our man\' triends whose arti- 
cles or cli])pings ha\e grealK" aided me 
in k'ceping the columns o\ the C^'^"osu re 
fresh and news\'. ?^luch of the credit 
for the success of the past }ear is due 



July, 1916. 

to these friends, most of whom have 
performed their part with no remunera- 
tion except the satisfaction of having 
done wha: the_\' could to aid the cause. 

Secretary's Minutes., 

The I''ort_\-second Annual Meeting of 
the National Christian Association was 
called to order hy President U. S. 
Warner at lo o'clock a. m., June r)th, in 
the Reformed Presb3'Lerian church, 65th 
street and Evans avenue, Chicapo. 

Prayer was oft'ered by Rev. S. J. John- 
son of Clarinda, Iowa. 

President Warner made a few' re- 
marks on the work and needs of the 
National Christian Association. 

The appointment of commiitees b^in.g 
in order, an enrollment committee was 
elected consisting of Revs.-VV. IJ. Stod- 
dard of Washin-^ton, D. C, and Mead 
A. Kelse}- of Richmond, Indiana. 

It was voted that all friends in at- 
tendance be accorded the privileges of 
the convention. 

Upon a motion duly seconded and car- 
ried the chairman appointed Prof. New- 
ton Wray, Rev. J. M. Coleman and Rev. 
G. A. Pegram, a nominating committee. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard moved that the 
chair appoint committees to review and 
make recommendations on the various 
reports to be given. The chair ap- 
pointed, on the Treasurer's report. Rev. 
Edward Kimball, G. Bossenga and Rev. 
A. H. Leaman ; on the rei)orts of the 
Corresponding Secretary and the Board 
of Directors,, Rev. P. A. Kittilsby, Rev, 
J. B. Tweed and M. R. M^haffey; on 
reports of Field Agents, President C. A. 
Blanchard, Rev. G. A. Pegram and J. E. 
Phillips ; and on Memorials, Rev. W. B. 
Stoddard and J. \'an de Water. 
Reports of Officers. 

The first report was that of the Cor- 
responding Secretary, W. I. Phillips. 
He said that the work we are engaged 
in, is God's. The field is our nation, 
though it should be the world. Pie re- 
ported 35,000 copies of Cynosure is- 
sued during the past year and thousands 
of circular letters sent out, and an ever- 
increasing correspondence with pastors 
and Christian workers. Work has been 
done in nearly every state and also in 
foreign countries. Mr. Phillips empha- 
sized the fact that public employes have 

no right to be under special obligations 
to secret organizations. He also spoke 
of the fact that the General Synod of 
the Christian Reformed church, recom- 
mended that its churches contribute to 
the National Christian A.ssociation, and 
said it w^ould greatly increase the ef- 
ficiency of the Association if all testify- 
ing churches would do likewise. Though 
the gifts might not be large, the sympa- 
thy thus expressed would be a great en- 
couragement and help. 

The editor of the Cynosure read the 
report of the Board of Directors and 
both reports were referred to the appro- 
priate committee. 

The Treasurer's report was read by 
W. I. Phillips. It showed the resources 
of the association to be $70,524.27. The 
report was received and referred to the 

The Auditor's, report was read by the 
Recording Secretary. President C. A. 
Blanchard moved that it be received and 
approved. Carried. 

Rev. Mead A. Kelsey, Field Agent of 
the National Christian Association, for 
the last nine months, reported work done 
in several states. He had given eighty- 
seven sermons and addresses on secret- 
ism, and made more than three hundred 
calls. He recommended that the work 
in the various states be organized so as 
to be self-sustaining. Mr. Kelsey re- 
ported success in securing Cynosure 

The Eastern Secretary, Rev. W. B. 
Stoddard, gave a strong, cheerful and 
suggestive reporC He said that he had 
secured during the year more than a 
thousand subscribers for the Cynosure 
and had given 186 lectures and sermons 
and had made about 2,500 calls. His 
report was referred to the committee al- 
ready appoirTed for that purpose 

The good reports of our Southern 
agents — Rev. F. J. Davidson and Mrs. 
Lizzie Woods Rfjberson — were veid by 
Secretary IMiillips and were referred to 
the committee on agent's reports. 

James E. Phillips, editor of the Cyno- 
sure, gave his annual report, wdiich was 
well received. 

New Members. 

The following named persons w^ere, on 
recommendation of the Directors and 
members of the Association, received as 

July, 1916. 



corporate members of the Association : 
Mr. T. H. IJrenneman, Goshen, Indiana ; 
Prof. J. R. Millin, Knoxville, Tennessee; 
Mr. L. Woodruff, Ringhampton, New 
York; Mrs. Hannah Chandler, Dallas, 
Texas; Elder J. L. Davis, Ouail, Ken- 
tucky; Elder G. B. Crocket-t, Dermott, 
Arkansas ; Rev. F. E. Allen, Superior, 
Nebraska ; Rev. J. M. Coleman, Bloom- 
ington, Indiana; Rev. A. N. Harrold, 
Columbiana, Ohio ; Rev. A. H. Leaman, 
Chicago, Illinois; Mr. George Slager, 
Chicago, Illinois ; Rev. G. A. Pegram, 
Rockford, Illinois ; Mr. John Van de 
Water, Chicago, Illinois ; Mr. Ct. Bos- 
senga, Chicago, Illinois; Rev. R. J. 
Dodds, Walden, New York ; Rev. J. W. 
Carson, Topeka, Kansas, and Rev. J. 
Boyd Tweed, Beaver Falls, Pennsyl- 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard and Mr. J. Van 
de Water were requested to prepare a 
memorial bringing to our minds the 
names and labors of those friends of the 
antisecret cause who during the past 
year have gone to their reward. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard, for the Enroll- 
ment Committee, reported the presence 
of forty-seven delegates and friends. 
Among them were : Rev. Edward Kim- 
ball, delegate and member National 
Christian Association, Wheaton, Illinois ; 
M. M. R. Mahaffey, delegate, Parnassas, 
Pennsylvania ; Rev. G. A. Pegram, dele- 
gate, Wesleyan church, Rockford, Illi- 
nois ; Rev. P. A. Kittilsby, representing 
Norwegian Lutheran church, Chicago, 
Illinois ; G. Bossenga and G. Slager, dele- 
gates. Third Christian Reformed church, 
Chicago, Illinois ; J. Van de Water, dele- 
gate, 72nd Street Christian Reformed 
church, Chicago, Illinois; Rev. W. B. 
Stoddard, Washington, D. C. ; Rev. J. M. 
Coleman, Bloomington, Indiana ; W. I. 
Phillips, Wheaton, Illinois ; Rev. Thos. C. 
McKnight, Chicago, Illinois ; Rev. M. P. 
F. Doermann, Blue Island. Illinois ; I\Irs. 
N. E. Kellogg, Wheaton, Illinois; Pres. 
C. A. Blanchard, Wheaton, Illinois; Rev. 
F. E. Allen, Superior, Nebraska ; Rev. 
A. H. Leaman, Chicago, Illinois ; Rev. 
J. C. French, Denver, Colorado ; Rev. D. 
S. Warner, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; I. T*^. 
Phillips, Wheaton, Illinois: Prof. New- 
ton Wray, Taylor University. Upland. 
Indiana; Rev. S. J. Johnson, Clarinda, 
Iowa; W. S. Orvis, Wheaton, Illinois; 

Rev. A. A. Wylic, Syracuse, New York; 
Rev. Ai. Klein, (ilen Ellyn, Illinois; 
Jolm Torcn, delegate. First Reformed 
church, I^nglewood, Illinois; Mrs. Julia 
W. Mscher, Wheaton, Illinois; Pcv. C. 
M. Robb, Ouintcr, Kansas; Rev. [. li. 
Mokma, Third C hristian Reformed 
church, Chicago, Illinois; Rev. [. (i. 
Rrooks, Wheaton, Illinois; Tlionias (i. 
Roberts; W. S. Wylie, Greeley, Colo- 
rado; S. 1'. \\'\lie, Washington. Iowa; 
Miss Myrtle (VDunnell, Chicago, Illi- 
nois; Rev. J. AI. Wylie, Kansas CitN'. 
Missouri; D. M. Allen, Melrose Park. 
Illinois; Mrs. W. I. I'liillips, Wheaton. 
Illinois; J. W. Lucas, I'illings, Okla- 
homa; Rev. T. M. Slater, Seattle. Wash- 
ington; Rev. W. J. McKnight, lioston, 
Massachusetts; Rev. W. C. Allen. (Jlen- 
wood, Alinnesota ; Rev. E. A. Crooks, 
La Junta, Colorado; ( ). C. Orr. New 
Castle, Pennsylvania ; Rev. S. E. Cireer, 
delegate, Washington, Iowa ; Rev. Paul 
Coleman, Blanchard, Iowa; R. J. l^odds, 
Walden, New Y^ork ; J. \\\ Carson, 
Topeka, Kansas, and J. l)o\cl Tweed, 
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. 

After prayer the meeting adjourned 
until 2 ;oo p. m. Carried. 

Afternoon Session. 

President D. S. \\^arner called the 
afternoon session to order and Rev. Air. 
Pegram led in prayer. 

Extracts from letters to the Annual 
Aleeting were read by Secretar}- Phil- 
lips. Among the list of letters were 
those from the following friends: Rev. 
R. PI. Nicodemus, Rev. E. B. Hoff. 
Bethany Bible School, and G. 1\ Osher 
of Chicago, Illinois ; Rev. Peter I'^kster, 
Grand Rapids, Alichigan; A. W. Austin, 
Gushing, Oklahoma; Rev. W. A. Aikin, 
Eskridge. Kansas; A\'. R. Sterrett. 
Jamestown, Ohio; Chas. C. Aladeria, 
Huntington, Pennsylvania : Rev. P. 
Beck, Grafton. California: T. U. Ixeed. 
Alitchellville, Iowa; Rev. A. A. Samson. 
New York; fohn AYatters(^n. l\airtield. 
Iowa; Wm. I.. Prown, I .aw a-ence. Indi- 
ana: Rev. T. A[. Slater and Rev. W. O. 
Dinius, Seattle, Washingtc^n : Kew T. 11. 
Acheson, rittsbnrgh. Pennsylvania; Re\-. 
Paul Coleman, P)lanchard, Iowa: Mrs. 
1 r. Worcester, R(KM<ford, Illinois: Moses 
11. Clemens, Ubce, Indiana; P.. M. Holt, 
Clifton. Texas; Rev. Dr. Jesse W. 
P,rooks, Brooklvn. \. A\ : Rev. J. G. 



July, 1916. 

Brooks, AMieaton, Illinois ; Rev. F. E. 
Bennett. Melrose Park, Illinois ; Rev. R. 
G. A\'ilkin. Elgin, Illinois; J. W. Honey- 
cutt, Sioux, North Carolina; Mrs. J. C. 
^^^ood^vard, Adams Center, New York 
C. H. Slife, Arcadia, Florida; Rev. J 
]*^I. Coleman, Bloomington, Indiana 
Bishop ]\Iilton Wright, Da3^ton, Ohio 
T. J. Sollenberger, Naperville, Illinois 
Rev. R. T.-Dodds, Walden, New York 
Rev. G. A. Pegram, Rockford, Illinois 
Prof. Newton AA'ray, Upland, Indiana 
Pvev. A\'illiam Dillon, FInntington, In- 
diana ; Geo. L. Coffin, Los Angeles, Cal- 
ifornia ; Rev. J. M. Foster, Boston, 
Massachusetts ; Rev. F. E. Allen, Su- 
perior. Nebraska, and Miss Susan F. 
Hinman, Oberlin, Ohio. These letters 
expressed an earnest and prayerful in- 
terest in the work of the National Chris- 
tion Association. 

Reports of Committees. 
The report of the Memorial Commit- 
tee was read by Mr. J. Van de Water 
and is as follows : 

It is impossible to note the departure of 
every one who has been helpful to the cause 
for friends often do not notify us, but among 
those who have gone on during the year past, 
we recall the following : 

Abner Branson was a faithful, consecrated 
man and for many years an officer of the 
Iowa branch of our work. His interest led 
him to m.ake great personal sacrifices for the 
cause we love. 

Rev. C. D. Brooks was at the time of his 
death the oldest minister of the Free Metho- 
dist church, having attained the advanced age 
of ninety years. His sudden call to the eter- 
nal world found him well prepared. His 
testimony against the great popular evils of 
our times was known where he was known. 

Mr. J. A. Millard, whose frequent reports 
to the Cynosure told of a life of activity for 
Christ as against His great enemy, the secret 
lodge system. His long life bore much fruit 
for the right. 

John Bradley was a man whose mixture of 
=^ood works with faith was to be greatly 
commended. He was made an Odd-Fellow 
but became a Christian and renounced such 
things of darkness. His life was a constant 
witness for the truth in Christ. He lived to 
the ripe old age of SG years. 

Edward Brace was also one of the aged 
members of our Association. His life was 
extended to the ninety-third year. His inter- 
est in the X. C. A. work was manifest by 
prsver and gift. 

For these and others God raises up to aid 
in our work, we render thanks, for they have 
obtained a goodly heritage having entered 
into their eternal reward. 

W. B. Stoddard, John Van de Water, 


Mr. W. I. Phillips moved and it was 
voted that report be accepted. 

The Committee on General Secretary's 
atid Board of Director's reports was 
called for and was given by Mr. J. B. 
Tweed. The report is as follows : 

Your committee would respectfully report 
that we have reviewed with interest the Re- 
port of the Board of Directors. We note 
that Mrs. Louisa Coryell's generous gift of 
lots for a rest home on Les Chenaux Island 
No. 5 is mentioned and we recommend that 
the convention extend to her a hearty vote of 

Your committee has reviewed the Report of 
the Corresponding Secretary and would call 
the attention of the convention to the follow- 
ing items : 

1. To the reference in the report to the 
fact that lodge men are given a prominent 
place in the work of the church, and to the 
deplorable conditions which exist in the 
church on that account. 

2. With reference to the field mentioned 
in the report we call the attention of the con- 
vention to the need of a closer and more ef- 
fective co-operation of the various friendly 
Christian churches with the work of the Na- 
tional Christian Association. Respectfully 
submitted, P. A. Kittilsky, M. R. Mahaf- 
FEY and J. Boyd Tweed, Committee. 

It was moved by Rev. W. B. Stoddard 
and voted, that a letter of thanks be sent 
to Mrs. Louisa A. Coryell for her gift 
of lots in Les Chenaux No. 5 in northern 
Michigan for a rest home for friends of 
the antisecret cause. 

The question. How can we reach the 
friendly denominations so as to be in 
closer sympathy with them? was raised 
and addresses were made by Secy. W. I. 
Phillips and Rev. Mr. Kittilsby. Mr. 
Kittilsby moved and it was voted that 
this matter be committed to the Board 
of Directors for action. 

Rev. Messrs. Kittilsby, Stoddard, 
Coleman and Kelsey spoke of ways to 
organize State Associations so as to make 
them permanent and self-sustaining. Mr. 
W. B. Stoddard moved that the matter 
of State organization be referred to the 
Board of Directors for action. 

Officers Elected. 

Mr. M. Mahaffey, for the Nominating 
committee, recommended the following 
for general officers for the coming year : 
President, Rev. David S. Warner, Chi- 
cago, Illinois ; Vice President, Rev. 
Thomas M. Slater, Seattle, Washington ; 
Recording Secretary, Mrs. N. E. Kel- 
logg, Wheaton, Illinois ; Corresponding 

July, 1916. 



Secretary and Treasurer, Wm. I. IMiil- 
lips, Chicago, Illinois ; Assistant Secre- 
tary and Editor, James E. IMiillips, Chi- 
cago, Illinois. Eor Directors : i\ A. 
Kittilsby ; H. A. Fischer, Jr. ; T. C Mc- 
Knight; Gerrit J. Haan ; D. S. Warner; 
George W. Bond ; C. A. Blanchard ; A. 
H. Leaman ; George Slager ; M. P. E. 
Doermann and W. I. Phillips.' 

It was moved by Rev. J. G. Brooks 
and voted that Secretary Phillips l^e in- 
structed to confer with the Home Mis- 
sionary committee of the Reformed 
Presbyterian Synod now meeting, to pre- 
pare a joint program for first half hour 
of the evening session. 

At the request of President S. D. 
Warner, Secretary Phillips took the 
chair. Rev. Mr. Atkinson, as a commit- 
tee from the Synod, reported that that 
body had voted to close its evening ses- 
sion at 8 130 in order to attend a part 
of the last session of our Association. 
Reports of State Presidents. 

Rev. E. E. Allen, President of the 
Nebraska State Association made an in- 
teresting report on his recent debate on 
the lodge with Rev. J. L. Beebe in Red 
Cloud, Nebraska. Mr. Allen did not ad- 
vise Christians to seek public debates on 
moral questions, but, when challenged 
to defend the truth, he thought they 
should prepare by diligent study of the 
various phases of the subject and, rely- 
ing upon God for success, accept the op- 
portunity. As a result of the debate in 
Red Cloud God was honored and his 
enemies disappointed. 

After prayer by Rev. J. G. Brooks, 
Rev. T. M. Slater, President of the 
Washington State Association, gave an 
account of the progress of the cause in 
his state. He said that the work there 
is in a very true sense a missionary work, 
since there are more lodges than churches 
in the West. The fifteen directors of 
the Washington Association meet month- 
ly for prayer, for they realize that the 
contest in which they engage is a moral 
conflict and that Christ and Satan are 
contending. The freshman class in the 
Washington state university are annually 
supplied with literature to deter ihcm 
from being ensnared by the lodges. To 
the ministers they give tracts, such as 
"Modern Prophets of Baal." This is a 
spiritual struggle, and prayer and the 

light of ti'iitli arc- the weapons to be 

After prayer (offered by Pev. M. A. 
lvelsc\- ; Jve\-. J. M. Coleman, President 
of the Indian.a State Association, made 
a brief ad(h-ess. He said that all (jues- 
tions or issues among men center in 
Christ. I'hilosoph}- as taught in the 
schools in the present da)- is jragan ]>hil- 
osophy expressed in Christian vocabu- 
lary. Hie present day SN'stem of secrecy 
is one pha:-e of paganism, (jr religi(jn c(jn- 
trived ])y men. The onl\' \\a\- to suc- 
cessfully cope with this is b\- prayer. 
"This kind can come forth b}- nothing 
but by prayer and fasting." (Mark 9: 

Voluntary testimonies being called for. 
Rev. J. M. Wylie said that the effect of 
lodge ]3ractice is to deaden the conscience 
of men so that they lose the abilit}- to 
discern between truth and falsehood. In- 
stances coming under his notice which 
illustrated the fact were given. 

Professor Newton Wrav beino- obliged 
to leave asked to have his testimony 
read: "I stand for light against dark- 
ness, for Christ against Antichrist, for 
the brotherhood in Christ, against the 
counterfeit brotherhoods of earth and 
for the separated life against every form 
of spiritual hyphenism." 

Revs. W. B. Stoddard and G. A. Pe- 
gram spoke on the fact that lodge char- 
ity is only organized selfishness. 

After prayer and the benediction by 
Rev. D. S. Warner the afternoon session 

Evening Session. 

Although the rain w hich had been fall- 
ing nearly all da>' was still descending an* 
appreciative audience gathered at 7 130 
o'clock. Rev. J. M . Coleman read from 
the wScriptures and led in pra\-er. 

Dr. E. R. Worrell, Pastor of the 
Brookline Avenue Presb}-terian church, 
gave a most interesting address on 
"What is tlie Matter with SecreliMn?" 
and showed that the \\ hole system is- 
inimical tn the genius of free govern- 
ment ; it comes from the old ])agan m\s- 
teries and is a false failh. 

l\e\-. Mr. Slater. \ice President, at 
this time took tlie chair as President 
Warner was obliged to lea\'e. 

After llie singing (">{ a psalm and 
prayer, Rew Afead A. Kelsey, l-'ield 



July, 1916. 

Agent, addressed the meeting which had 
been ir.creased b}" the coming in of the 
members of the Home Missionary com- 
mittee of the Reformed Presbyterian 
Synod. Rev. ]\lr. Kelsey showed that 
]\Iasonry teaches a wa}- of salvation 
which cannot save. After prayer and 
the benediction the meeting adjonrned. 
(2\Irs.) X. E. Kellogg, 

Recording Secy. 


A\'e have space for extracts from only 
a few of the letters to the Annnal Meet- 


Mrs. Hedda \A^orcester, Rockford, 111., 
writes : "In due time the Lord will take 
the rule. Lord bless the 'antisin' work 
and the patient w^orkers." 

Rev. T. H. Acheson, Pittsburgh, Pa., 
writes : "As to the possibility of my be- 
ing at the Annnal Meeting in Chicago, in 
the Reformed Presbyterian church, on 
June 6th, I v/ill say that I expect to be 
on that day and at that time attending 
the annual meeting of our Home Mis- 
sion Conference wdiich w^as appointed at 
our annual Synod last June in Chicago. 
It is possible that we can look in a little 
at your meeting, for we are much inter- 
ested in your work." 

Professor E. B. HofT, Bethany Bible 
School, Chicago, 111., writes: "I am 
heartily in accord with the movement of 
exalting only the church and the Great 

Rev. W. O. Dinius, Seattle, Wash., 
WTites : "I can hardly tell you how 
much I would enjoy being present at the 
Annual Meeting. However, we expect 
our beloved president. Rev. T. M. Slater, 
will attend it. We are praying that much 
good will result in the deliberations." 

Rev. Milton Wright, D. D., Dayton, 
(3hio, w^rites : "I reply to you by saying 
that I am 8714 years old, and do not 
attempt to go so far from home. Both 
the Cynosure and the National Chris- 
tian Association have my hearty support. 
The Cynosure has come to my address 
from its beginning, and I wish to con- 
tinue it to the close of my life." 

C. H. Slife, Arcadia, Fla., writes: 
''There are thousands who have no use 
for a lodge except the insurance and as 
the old line companies are adding new 
and cheap policies there is very little 
need for it." 

Wm. Dillon, Huntington, Ind., writes: 
''I have reserved the 6th to come there 
if needed. Please inform me." 

Rev. Dr. J. M. Foster, Boston, Mass., 
writes: "It is now^ more than a c|uarter 
of a century since Joseph Cook deliv- 
ered his great address on Treasonable 
Oaths on a similar occasion. And it is 
almost hfty years since Rev. Dr. A. M. 
Milligan delivered his telling speech on 
the same theme, in the same city. It is 
a providential juxtaposition that the as- 
sociation should lift up a standard 
against the secret works of darkness 
while the war in Europe rages, which is 
God's scourge upon those belligerent 
nations on account of the secret work- 
ings of the Roman papal hierarchy, the 
Greek Catholic system and the Islamism 
of the unspeakable Turk, as well as the 
oath-bound Masonic lodges which infest 
those governments. In our land the 
right wdng of Satan's army is the secret 
lodge system, having about 12,000,000 
members. The left wing is Roman 
Catholicism, having about the same num- 
ber. The company of witnesses against 
them is like two little flocks of kids, 
while the Syrians All the whole country. 
But God's plan of battle is for Gideon 
and his three hundred to break the 
pitchers, blow the trumpets and shout 
'The word of the Lord and of Gideon' 
and God puts the enemy hosts in a panic. 
God gave the w^ord, the people publish 
it. Kings and great armies were forced 
to flee away. 'The witnesses shall over- 
come by the blood of the Lamb and by 
the word of their testimony.' " 

Mrs. J. C. Woodward, Adams Center, 
N. Y,, writes : "I wish I could send you 
something to help towards the expenses 
of the meeting." 

J. W. Honeycutt, Sioux, N. C, writes : 
"If you have any tracts that I can dis- 
tribute, please send same to me, or sug- 
gest anything else I can do to help the 
cause I will try to do it." 

Rev. Peter Ekster, First Christian 
Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, A/[ich.. 
writes : "May the Lord be in your midst 
and bless the meeting, that whatever is 
done may be in harmony with his will 
and for the furtherance of his cause and 
kingdom, and for the downfall of all 
iniquity and powers of Satan." 

Mr. John Watterson, Fairfield, Iowa, 
writes : "I am heartily in sympathy 

July, 1916. 



with the work of the Association, and 
trust you will have a good meeting." 

Professor R. H. Nicodemus, r)etliany 
Bible School, Chicago, 111., writes: "( )ur 
prayers shall ever ascend in behalf of 
the association, for it is (jod's work, and 
may he ever increase its ranks and 
strength, and make it an' irresistiljle 
force for the cause if right." 

Rev. A. A. Samson, Second Reformed 
Presbyterian church, New York C^ty, 
N. Y., writes: "Aly heart is in the work 
and it has my fullest sympathies, but nw 
hands and time are so preoccupied in 
local affairs that there is no opportunity 
to exert any influence beyond the local 
held. Here we try to hold up the stand- 
ard in message and practice. From a 
child I have read the literature of the 
Association, have had its importance im- 
pressed by parents, and in later years 
have found the need of the work to be 
great. In my judgment, no other one 
thing is so detrimental to the spread of 
the gospel and the power of the Christian 
church as the lodge." 

Rev. T. U. Reed, Mitchellville, Iowa, 
writes: "God bless the meeting to the 
good of his people and to his glory." 

Rev. P. Beck, Grafton, Cal., writes: 
"I wish we could organize a State As- 
sociation for California. A good manv 
years ago we had one for a few years 
and then it was abandoned. Ji-^st about 
one-half of the ministers of our county 
of Yolo are members of the Masonic 
and other secret societies. Some belong 
to several. A lodge of Elks held a 
'lodge of sorrow' for departed Elks in 
an Episcopal parsonage and by a resolu- 
tion declared that their departed mem- 
bers were now enjo}'ing a blissful im- 
mortality. The pastor is an Elk and a 
high A^ason." 

Chas. C. Aladeira, Jr., Juniata Col- 
lege, Huntington, Pel., writes: "Yes, I 
am right with you in the work and pra\- 
for the success of the meeting. M}- 
])rayer is that the great work of the As- 
sociation may be known more widely and 
the secret lodge be stamped out of this 

Elder Geo. L. Coffin, Eos Angeles, 
Cal., writes: "Eos Angeles is a hot bed 
of secret societies. If the National 
Christian ^Association had a branch here 
in or near Eos Angeles in charge ot a 

spirit filled, fearless, wise, careful, 
watchful, prayerful, strong man who 
trusts implicitly in the jjowers of [esus 
to- direct at all times and under all cir- 
cumstances, I believe (iod could d(j more 
to expose these counterfeit religions than 
in any other place in America. My 
conviction is that the future will ])ro\'c 

I'^lder A. W. Austin, Gushing, ( )kla., 
writes: "1 have done some work in gi\-- 
ing out literature. I do not see that it 
has much affect as Masonic tem])les are 
being erected and memljcrs added all 
the time." 

Rev. Daniel Ih-xanl, Zion City. 111., 
writes: "I am sorry 1 cannot attend. I 
expect to be absent from the state (^n 
that date, but I shall be in pra\'er that 
God may bless you." 

President Jesse W. IJrooks. I). !)., 
Union Missionary Training Institute, 
Broklyn, N. Y., writes: 'T bid }ou all 
Godspeed in your noljle service for a 
higher type of Christian manhood." 


What are we to do in i<ji6 to fight 
the lodge evil ? Eet us for a moment 
pause to think in order that we may be 
able to give ourselves and our (iod an 
answer to that q u e s t i o n — an answer 
which we shall not be ashamed of in the 
great da}- of reckoning. 

Every year the Iowa Christian Asso- 
ciation holds a convention in some part 
of the state as a testimony against the 
evil of the lodge system. These testi- 
monies have not been fruitless in the 
past. Alany have been draw n out of the 
lodge by the testimon\- of the Associa- 
tion, but greater are thc\- in numl)cr who 
were ke|)t from joining the lodue 

Shall we keep on with the work? Shall 
we have a convention in i()!(i? It is up 
to \oi( members and friends to decide 
this (|nestion. A'ou can make up Nonr 
mind thai the National Christian Asso- 
ciation and its branches have no reas(^n 
for existing, that the light against the 
l()d"e is nonsensical and t'ooli-h. that the 
lodges are all rii'ht. tliat God is honored 
and \\()rsliippc(l b\' what is done in and 
l)v them, ^'ca. that the lodges are the 
portal> to hca\en where (iod. the holy 
angels and the saints in righteousness 
and holiness and pnrit\ are i^'athered to- 



July, 1916. 

gether. Give it up and lie down if you 
are afraid and cannot be one of Gideon's 

Or your spirit-illumined mind will tell 
you the battle against the lodge is a bat- 
tle of Jehovah ; that the lodge fight is a 
fight against the Beast, a fight for the 
honor of our Lord Jesus Christ ; that we 
must constantly struggle for righteous- 
ness and holiness and purity in religious, 
civic, social and home life. We cannot 
give up ; we must oppose everything the 
lodge ma}' do against our Lord and King. 
\A'e obey our invincible leader, Jesus 
Christ. \Ye fight, though our numbers 
be the number of Gideon's band, and 
like Gideon, we shall see the Lord of 
Hosts fight the battle. What do you 
think ? Where do- vou stand ? On God's 

The Association has members and 
friends in all denominations. It is inter- 
denominational. On the Board of Offi- 
cers there are eleven denominations rep- 
resented. Do you recognize the man 
from your denomination among this 
nimiber : Revs. Malcolm, Wesselink, 
Spande, Ferguson, Mendehall, Dodd, 
Blough, Sawhill, Greer, Hanson, Brat 
and Dr. E. A. Taylor? 

Now, what are the members of the 
friends going to do for the cause this 
year? Last year they gave $200. The 
Cynosure of November, 1915, tells you 
what was done with the money. What 
will your ofifering be to the Lord for 
this cause this year? Will the Lord's 
work go begging ? Are we unwilling 
and unworthy stewards ? The lodge peo- 
ple are liberal and prompt and we — . 

Preparations are already being made 
for the next Convention. We are choos- 
ing a place and selecting good speakers. 
Can you give us help? Tf so, write to 
our president. Rev. A. M. Malcolm, 
Albia, low^a. As to contributions (and 
we take w^hatever you do ofiter, be it ever 
so little), please send them at your ear- 
liest convenience to any of the above- 
named officers or directly to the state 
treasurer. Rev. A. H. Brat, Otley, Iowa. 

May the Lord incline your hearts to 

pray, work and give ! 
The Lord has done great things in the 
past. Glory to him. 

A. H. Brat, Treasurer. 
Otley, Iowa. 



The Illinois Conference held at Cerro 
Gordo in the Church of the Brethren, 
May 20th and 21st, was a success in 
point of attendance, interest and pro- 
gram arrangements. President Blanch- 
ard of Wheaton College w^as the chief 
speaker, giving three splendid addresses. 
His address on Sabbath morning was a 
sermon on "The Two Altars." Using a 
blackboard, he wrote ''Abel's Altar" at 
the head of one column and ''Cain's 
Altar" at the head of another just oppo- 
site. Then under the first he wrote, "Blood 
Atonement,'' and underneath that "Con- 
fession." Following these are all the per- 
sonal blessings resulting from salvation 
together with that fitting for service 
which only those who have been created 
anew^ in Christ Jesus can know. Then 
he wrote in this column "Works," "For 
we are his workmanship, created in 
Christ Jesus unto good works, wdiich 
God hath before ordained that we should 
walk in them." (Eph. 2:10.) 

In the opposite column under "Cain's 
Altar" he simply put dashes in the spaces 
corresponding to "Blood Atonement," 
and "Confession" in the other column. 
There was nothing, in fact, until he came 
down to "Works," which he wrote, but 
how different the basis of these works 
from that of the works that followed 
Abel's altar ! 


Abel's Altar. Cain's Altar. 

Blood Atonement. ■ 

Confession. ■ 

(Personal blessings)* 

Works. Works. 

Then he pointed out how these altars 
had persisted to this day and that the 
true altar was to be found in our Chris- 
tian churches while the false altar was 
set up in the secret lodges. The address 
was very forceful and probably was as 
telling in its effect as any, if in fact it 
did not excel. 

At the evening session President 
Blanchard gave opportunity for those 
who had had experience in lodge mem- 
bership to give their testimonies. Mr. 
W. J. Haynes of Cerro Gordo was the 
first to respond. He said that he joined 
through the influence of his mother, who 
had been deeply impressed by a Wood- 

July, 1916. 



man funeral which she attended. He 
became a Woodman, Mason, Eastern 
Star, and Odd-Fellow. The influence that 
brought him out was hearing a man 
speak in opposition to lodges. This 
greatly surprised him but set him to 
thinking. Then he heard a Methodist 
minister preach against the .lodges, and 
finally he had an earnest personal talk 
with the minister. After this he broke 
the shackles of secretism and became a 
free man. 

Next Mrs. H. L. Huffaker of Decatur 
spoke. She had been a Royal Neighbor. 
Her initiation was followed by a ban- 
quet and dance. The conduct of some 
of the ladies ( ?) so disgusted her that 
she never went again, although she kept 
up her membership for ten years. 

Then in response to an invitation to 
lodge men to speak on behalf of the or- 
ders, a man arose who said he was a 
Mason and came from a Masonic fam- 
ily. He claimed that the order was 
founded on the Bible and inculcated 
truth. He said it laid no claim to sav- 
ing men, that it was not a religion. In 
response to a question by President 
Blanchard, he said, "I have no right to 
be talking tO' you." Dr. Blanchard soon 
disposed of this illy-informed brother's 
testimony by an appeal to Webb's "Mon- 
itor" and Chase's "Digest of Masonic 
Law," This discussion revealed the fact 
that has so often been apparent that 
many a man in the lodge does not really 
know his own institution. 

Among the testimonies of those who 
had had lodge experience and then re- 
nounced the orders was that of Elder 
O. P. Haines, pastor of the entertaining 
church. His testimony was strong and 

The Field Agent gave two addresses, 
one on Saturday afternoon on "The 
War of the Ages," and one on Sal)bath 
afternoon entitled, "Why Young People 
Should Avoid the Lodge." 

Letters filled with cheer and inspira- 
tion were receive.d from Rev. A. K. 
Strane, pastor of the United Presby- 
terian church, Jordans Grove; Rev. W. 
M. Robb, pastor of the Reformed Pres- 
byterian church of Houston; President 
E. G. Burritt of Greenville College (Free 
Methodist), Greenville; Rev. Frank P. 
Miller, pastor. Presbyterian church, \'ir- 

den ; I. (i. Lee, pastor, hViends church, 
Vermilion (Jrove ; Rev. Charles Cj. Stir- 
ling, formerly of Eureka, and Rev. W. 
I>. Stoddard, then working in Mt. Mor- 
ris, Illinois. 

Elder llaines Ijoth at the opening and 
close of the conference spoke warm 
words of ap])reciation on l)clialf (jf him- 
self and his people, and those of us who 
were visitors felt that our reception and 
treatment throughout was in full accord 
with the spirit of the (jospel and the hos- 
pital it}' which it ccnnmends. 



I attended the debate at Red Cloud, 
Neb., on May 4th and 5th on the cjues- 
tion, "Resolved, That secret societies 
and lodges are a social, moral and re- 
ligious benefit to mankind." The battle 
raged for tw-o hours each evening. I 
observed closely, understood distinctly, 
and, I think, weighed the arguments 
^fairly. Rev. Mr.Beebe made the challenge 
and hence had the floor first. About 
seven hundred people listened attentively 
while he gave what he thought was fa- 
vorable to the lodge. He spoke in ora- 
torical style. It seemed to me that he 
carefully avoided the real issue, and it 
was my opinion that he tried to bluff 
Rev. Mr. Allen in order to keep the de- 
bate from the real issues. He gave fifty 
points or arguments in support of secret 
societies, but it struck me it was like 
counting fifty beads in preparation for 
his own execution. 

Then Rev. Mr. Allen had the floor for 
an hour and made it plain that the re- 
ligion of the lodges was not that of 
Jesus Christ, and he also showed other 
features that were bad and only bad. He 
certainh' was the winner on the first 
night. 1 don't say he won in the estima- 
tion of all, but I know he really did win 
for I have assisted Rev. D. \\ Kalhbun 
and I'ast Master Ronayne in their public 
initiations of young men into lUue Lodge 
Masonry. Both of them were able men 
and of long experience as members of 
the jMasonic order. 1 know consider- 
able about Masonry, and ha\c made a 
study of some of the other lodges that 
were mentioned, and I can judge well 
when a man speaks the truth about the 



July, 1916. 

lodges as well as when he tries to evade 
the issue. 

The second night the interest was very 
great and each speaker did his hest. Rev. 
]\Ir. Beche spoke well for a while, but 
tlie last half of his talk seemed to break 
down — at least his courage seemed to 
weaken. Rev. ]\Ir. Allen w^as at his best, 
however, and was master of the occa- 
sion. As he saw his worthy opponent 
seem to weaken, he became more cour- 
ageous, and as he came to the climax, 
it appeared as though the form of the 
Fourth was with him. My ! As he un- 
folded the oaths of Masonry and the 
unchristian religion of secret lodges in 
general, and many other points which I 
cannot mention now, it was truly won- 
derful, for as truth after truth, and fact 
after fact flashed forth it was like star 
light flashing on star light in the mid- 
night camps of heaven. I believe great 
good will result from the debate. 

Both speakers were very courteous and 
gentlemanly toward each other and the 
decorum of the audience was perfect. 

Burr Oak, Kan. 

knows that would be a long and difficult 
task, and from his ansvver I concluded 
he had no idea of doing so." 

From a letter written to Rev. F. E. 
Allen by one who was present at the 
debate, we make the following extract : 

"As for the debate, I can only give 
you street talk. Perhaps you know that 
there is a certain class of people here in 
Red Cloud who sanction every word that 
Mr. Beebe says — it matters not what 
the argument may be, but the majority 
of thinking men, lodge members in- 
cluded, seem to think that you carried 
your points. You realize how slow peo- 
ple are to change their opinions, yet facts 
were made so plain that I feel assured 
the honest seeker for truth could clearly 
see the way. 

'T felt amply repaid for going to the 
debate and received much light upon the 

"Please understand that I am frankly 
telling you what I have heard and the 
benefit that I received from the debate. 

'T asked Mr. Beebe if he intended to 
have the debate printed and he said he 
did not think so, although that had been 
the plan at the beginning. The stenog- 
rapher, he said, had only gotten about 
half of it! He also said that you folks 
could get together and write it up. He 


Among the fifty points made by Rev. 
A/Er. Beebe (most of which were the 
same old claims to lodge charity, good 
men in its membership, being founded 
on the Bible, etc., etc.), are some that 
it is almost impossible to think were 
stated seriously. For example : 

"The lodges teach absolute pure moral- 

What about defiling a non-Mason's 
daughter ? 

'Tt supplies the moral needs." 

Can anything but Jesus Christ do that? 

'Tt cannot be possible that the best of 
men can be mistaken." 

That was a wild shot, indeed ! 

"Growth is an evidence of divine ap- 

How about the fast spreading cigar- 
ette habit? 

"They are teaching more practical 
Christianity than many of the churches." 

"Practical Christianity" without Christ 
is like a song without music. That's 
right, Rev. Mr. Beebe, kick the hand 
that feeds you. 

"Many skeptical minds have found re- 
lief in the lodge." 

Just so. The lodge is a splendid opiate 
to put men's consciences to sleep. 

"Every order was organized to oppose 

Hear! Hear! Quit your joking, Mr. 

"Secret societies taught sobriety before 
the churches." 

Why don't they practice it then ? 

"They stand up for the Sabbath." 

Sure'they do. The Sabbath makes a 
splendid day foT parades, picnics and all 
sorts of blowouts. 

"They stand for government.'' 

What government? 

"The best recommendation to a busi- 
ness man is that a man is a lodge mem- 

Of course, Rev. Mr. Beebe, no one 
ever supposed that a devoted Christian 
life ever would recommend itself to any- 
one. How much better indexes to char- 
acter are a few grips, passwords and re- 
ceipts for dues ! 

July, 1916. 



"They are pledge d against white 

Yes, against the white slavery of the 
close relatives of hrother IVlasons, but 
the woman relatives of the "i)rofane/' — 
well, that is a different matter. 

"They re-enforce the doctrinal teach- 
ings of the Scripture." 

This is news, indeed. Will Rev. Air. 
Beebe refer us to lodge works where the 
doctrine of Salvation by faith in Jesus 
Christ is taught, or where the doctrine 
of the Holy Spirit or that of the Church, 
the "bodv of Christ," is "re-enforced"? 



Knowing the Cvnjsure will be crowded 
with reports, I will be brief. My lectures in 
connection with the Missouri Synod Luther- 
an churches of Freeport, Rockford, and El- 
gin, Illinois, were well attended. At Still- 
man Valley, Brother Pegram met me with 
the faithful pony that has served many a 
Wesleyan preacher, and conveyed me some 
four miles to the Wesleyan parsonage. A 
few gathered at the church in the evening 
to listen to what I had to say regarding the 

My lecture before the college of the Church 
of the Brethren at Mount Morris, Illinois, 
had been well announced by our faithful 
friend. Brother George Windle, and was very 
successful. The large Lutheran church near 
Glenville, Illinois, was well hlled on Sabbath 
evening notwithstanding the rainy weather, 
and a liberal offering and several SLibscrip- 
tions to the Cynosure were received. 

It was Mothers' Day at the M. E. Church, 
Glenview. There were thirty mothers and 
girls present and only ten men and boys. Rev. 
Mr. Reed, the pastor, invited me to speak 
and I thought it Ijest to talk on the effect 
lodges have on mothers and homes and called 
attention to the fact that the women and 
men at the church were in the ratio of three 
to one. There must be a cause for every 

In Chicago I spoke to attentive audiences 
in the Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed 
Church, the Humboldt Park Free Methodist 
Church ; the Third Christian Reform Church ; 
the Twenty-Sixth Street Mennonite Mission, 
and the Oakley Avenue Mennonite Mission. 

Our good friend and coworker, Rev. M. P. 
F. Doermann, of the Ohio Synod Lutheran 
church, Blue Island, Illinois, procured for me 
a good hearing, notwithstanding many diffi- 
culties in the way. His Men's Choral So- 
ciety added to the pleasure of the occasion. 

My last Sabbatli iri Chicago was di\idcd 
with our friends of the Bretliren in Christ 
mission on Halsted Street and Sixty-Second 
Street Reformed Church. Both meetings 

were very helpful. 

Notwithstanding- tlie (Unvii j'ouring rain_ 
that doul)tle^s Irindcred the atten(buice of 

some, (jur Annual -Meeting was inspiring. 
How much we need more men, mi^re money, 
and more courage to stand for the right and 
meet the nee(L 

I'astor Holle and jjcople oi South liend, 
hidiana, g;i\e me a .uood liearing in their 
chinch liaU. At Winona Lake, Indiana, I 
spent four (hi\ s in visiting and canvassing 
among tlie !>retb.rcn ;it their Annual Confer- 
ence there. 

(Jne of their \-oung preachers, in address- 
ing this Conference, enumerated the j^reat 
])rol)lems Ijcfore the American people; the 
race problem, the white slave proi)leni, etc., 
but he overlo(d<ed the Secret Srjciety prob- 
lem. 1 called this \ oung man's attention to 
his omission and there is n(j false wor- 
ship on earth like that found in the secret 
lodges. He accepted m\- criticism in the same 
s])irit in which I gave it. No one should (jmit 
the secret lodge when gi\ing a list of our 
national prol)lems. 



After the conference at Cerro Gordo, Illi- 
nois, I went to my home at Richmond, 
Indiana, where I rested a few days and then 
attended a quarterly meeting of Friends at 
West Grove, Indiana, where I spoke twice 
to large and attentive audiences on the evils 
of organized secrecy. A young man came 
forward at the close of the second address 
and said he wished liis father had been pres- 
ent for his father was a Free.-iason. When 
an audience is largely composed of young 
people, I feel confident that 1 have helped 
to keep some from the snare. 

After I had returned home, I gave a prayer 
meeting talk on the subject in the church of 
which I am a member. 

The week's end found me at Wheaton, 
Illinois, and a guest in the home of Wm. I 
Phillips, and on the Sarbath 1 gave the mes- 
sage to the College church, after which I ad- 
dressed a class of young men in the Salibath 
school on the evils of the lodge system, which 
was the subject of my sermon of the morn- 
ing. For the evening I went to Glen bdlyn, 
a nearby town, and spoke to the b>ce Method 
dist church there. The audience_ was not 
large but it was appreciati\e. It is in this 
church that our president, P.rc^her D. S. War- 
ner, worships. 

Followmg this canu' the Amuud Meeiing of 
the National Christian .Associaticm in Chicago 
and immediately alter its close I started on 
a trip ea^t where 1 am nmv engaged in ac- 
([nainting mcmb.ers ot' tlie Society o\ l->iends 
m and abort Philadelphia with the work of 
our Association. These I'riends bear a very 
positive testimony against secret siKMeties and 
if an active interest can be awakened among 
them in the work o\ the .\ational Christian 
Association it will both stren;4then o\ir hands 
and broaden their sidiere of intluence. These 
iM-iends are not quick to enlist with any move- 
ments new to them but when onre convinced, 
they are a fcu-ce to be welcomed by any wor- 
th)' cause. Ala> our Heaveh!\- I'atlKr urant 
us the C' >iiti(lcnce of these I'riends. 



July, 1916. 


Argenta, Ark., June 2, 1916. 

I have been sick since I left Oklahoma, but 
feel well to-day. I have just come from Pet- 
tus, Arkansas, where my husband and I went 
for a rest, but when the people found out we 
were there, they came for a service every 

The\' would chop cotton all day and come 
at night to hear the Bible lesson. God en- 
abled me to teach them and he gave them 
understanding how to walk with Jesus daily. 
One of the brethren at Pettus said, "I don't 
believe that Sister Roberson has the secrets 
of Masonry. The Deople in the United States 
would not suffer her to expose the Masonic 
lodge.'' Some of them had not seen me with 
the ritual, and he was one of them. He came 
out to the tent last Sunday night and I 
showed the ritual. I opened the book at the 
place where the candidate has a rope called a 
cable tow around his neck. The man was 
surprised; he said, "God must be in this 
thnig. ' 

Sunday evening a Methodist minister came 
to the meeting and my husband was teaching 
a lesson on the subject, "What Is the 
Church?" and, in reasoning out of the Scrip- 
ture, he told of the great sin of the secret 
orders. The preacher said, "Elder Roberson, 
the Masonic lodge is just like the church, it 
all came from the Bible. I have been 'squared 
up,' and I know what I am talking about." 
Then I took the Masonic ritual and began 
reading and showing how the Devil had 
squared him up. He replied, "Sister Rober- 
son, you really have it all. I have tried to live 
a life pleasing to God, but I did not under- 
stand the evil in what you are showing me 
now. Pray for me while I consider the mat- 
ter. I am the Worshipful Master of my 
lodge and have a great deal of my money in 
the lodge and I hate to give it up. I will 
have to think these things over. I will do 
anything to please God, for I am His child." 
He went away asking for more time to think 
the matter over, and we are praying for him. 

I had a letter from Eufaula, Oklahoma, 
saying that some of the Masons and Knights 
of Pythias were fighting mad after I left 
there. Some were blustering, others were 
afraid to talk about it, saying, "Touch not 
God's servant, for if you do, God will de- 
stroy us. Whoever before, heard the secrets 
of Freemasonry told? God is doing this, 
and we vv^ill hold our peace and let God have 
his way." 

Two young men bought Masonic and 
Knights of Pythias rituals. They did not be- 
long to either of these lodges and were show- 
ing them around in the church. Some of the 
Masons and Knights of Pythias scared them 
and the boys gave the books up. I was 
amused to hear what the boys said about 
giving them up. They said, "Sister Rober- 
son, we did not care to be troubled bv the 
Devil, so we give him back his books." 

Dear readers of the Cynosure, and friends, 
God is working wonderfully among His peo- 

ple, the Christians 
coming out of their 
May God bless the 
officers of the N. C. 
to pull God's people 
Pray for me that I 
hold on eternal life. 

are getting better and 

Annual Meeting and the 

A. May you live long 

out of the mire of sin. 

may please God and lay 

Yours for service, 

Lizzie Roberson. 

I have very little opportunity to do 
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Who Bides His Time, poem, by James 

Wliitcomb Riley. , 97 

Easy, poem — Century Magazine 97 

Knights Templars Hold Up Shriners— C/ii- 

cago Tribune 97 

Union _ Agent' Taken in 'Plot— Chicago 

Tribune • • • •• 97 

Presidential Candidates Not Masons— Ma- 

sonic Chronicler 98 

Stop Sick Benefits — Kentucky Pythian. .. . 98 

^Masonic Cleaners. . 98 

Ten Knights in a Barroom 98 

The Bible and the Lodge, by President C. 

_ A. Blanchard 99 

Chips, by Rev. B. E. Bergeson — Lutheran 

Herald 103 

Evidence Against Masonic Antiquity, by 

Mead A. Kelsey 103 

"All Founded on the Bible"? Not in 

India 104 

Is Labor Property? — Chicago Herald. . . . . .105 

K. of C. Fraternizing with Freemasons — 

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Experience of a Masonic Methodist Minis- 
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Weasel Words and " Weasel Lives— £z/aw- 

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Discordant Members Expelled ....108 

Open Air Initiations ,' 109 

Ritualism and the Lodge — Lutheran Stand- 
ard 109 

Are There Modern Abominations? by Rev. 

G. H. Hospers .....110 

Eagle Grafting Stopped — Eagle Magazine . .112 
A Distressing Sight — The Gospel Messen- 
ger ;. . . . .112 

A Southern Lighthouse : Tennessee Synod 

Lutheran Church 112 

The Ku-Klux-Klan— Fr^^ Methodist 113 

Ammunition Needed 113 

John Quincy Adams, Letters of. .114 

Wheaton Bible Conference , . 115 

Obituary : William Smeltzer 120 

Editorial : 

An> Interpretaition. ........ 115 

"Incubus of Insurance '. .116 

Flagrant Crookedness. \'. 116 

Largest Secret Gathering. ; .'.vll6 

Labor Grafters Convicted .117 

Variation Without Alteration 118 

Tinkling Links 118 

Active, Yet Inactive ,119 

Creating Interest 119 

News of Our Work : 

Ohio^ Friends, Attention ! ..-..../. 120 

Michigan Lectures :'! . 120 

EvangeHst Draws Fire of the Enemy. . . .120 

N. C. A. General Officers, portraits. .... .121 

What Would Your Church Do? by P. A. 

Klein ....{............. .....122 

What T Have Learned About Lodges, 

G. W. m2ick— Pacific Baptist. .122 

Memorial to Billy Sunday .123 

From Kentucky 123 

B. M. Holt, portrait. , . . 124 

Report of Field Agent, Mead A. Kelsey.. 125 
Eastern Secretary's Report, Rev. W. B. 

Stoddard ..125 

"Lizzie Woods' Letter" 126 

Report of Southern Agent, Rev. F. J. 

Davidson . . , ..... 127 

Tqok Rituals by Force... , 127 

Testifying Though Persecuted. ........ .128 


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Who bides his time, and day by day 

Faces defeat full patiently. 
And lifts a mirthful roundelay, 

However poor his fortunes be — 
He will not fail in any qualm 

Of poverty — the paltry dime 
It will grow golden in his palm 

Who bides his time. 

Who bides his time — he tastes the sweet 

Of honey in the saltest tear ; 
And though he fares with slowest feet, 

Joy runs to meet him, drawing near. 
The birds are heralds of his cause. 

And, like a never-ending rhyme, 
The roadsides bloom in his applause 

Who bides his time. 

Who bides his time, and fevers not . • 

In the hot race that none achieves, 
Shall wear cool-wreathen laurel, wro't 

With crimson berries in the leaves ; 
And he shall reign a goodly king. 

And sway his hand o'er every clime 
With peace writ on his signet-ring. 

Who bides his time. 

— James Whitcomb Riley. 


Are you worsted in a fight? 

Laugh it off. 
Are you cheated of your right? 

Laugh it off. 
Don't make tragedy of trifles. 
Don't shoot butterflies with rifles — 

Laugh it off. 

Does your work get into kinks? 

Laugh it off. 
Are you near all sorts of brinks? 

Laugh it off. 
If enjoyment you are after, 
There's no recipe like laughter — 

Laugh it off. 

— Century Magazine. 


Seven hundred and fifty fighting mad (Chi- 
cago Shriners spent part of last night on the 
steamship South American, tied np at the 
docks of the Grand Trunk radruad in Detroit. 
They were returning from the JUiti'alo con- 
clave on the chartered boat when the captain 
called at the port to take on new firemen. 
The boat was libeled by Deputy United States 
Marshal Caldwell, and the joke is that the 
dozen libellants are Knights Templar. 

About a year ago Detroit Knight Templars 
chartered the steamer to take them to the 
state conclave at Calumet. They all get sick 
with typhoid and ptomaines, they assert. Since 
then they have been "laying" for the ship, so 
when it called at Detroit, Marshal Caldwell — 
one of the sick a vear ago — was on the iob. 
A bond of $80,000 was demanded. 

At a late hour the vessel was allowed to 
proceed on the owners' assurance they would 
give bonds next week. — Chicago Tribune, Tuly 
15, 1916. 


Peter Cunnifl:' is business agent for the In- 
ternational Brotherhood of Electrical Work- 
ers, Local No. 157. At 1 :30 o'clock yesterday 
morning he ran into the arms of a policeman 
at Kedzie avenue and West Lake street. Two 
men had chased him from the G. A. Ball 
Bearing Company's plant, >^051 West Lake 
street, firing a dozen shots in the pursuit. 
The two men are operators of the Soulc De- 
tective Agency. For several nights they lay 
in wait at the plant for Cunniff to put in an 
anpearance. The superintendent of the Soule 
agency had received a report from one of his 
agents that the G. A. factory was to be blown 
up with dynamite. Cunniff was named as 
the man who would do the joli. 

Caught Red-Handed. 

The detectives in hiding saw a man approach 
a rear window. He lit a match, igniting a 
fuse, and fled. 

The watchers ran to the sputtering fuse. 
Several sticks of d\namito wore attacbed to 
it. The lighted fuse was extinguished. Then 
began the chase. 

"This is the first time a business agent has 
ever iicen caught in Chicago with the goods,'' 
said Siipt. Soulc. "CunnilT was taken red 
handed. The branch of which he is business 
agent is not recognized b\ the Chicago Fed- 
eraticMi (^f Labor. Its members are comjiosed 


August, 1916. 

exclusively of moving picture operators. M}- 
information is that Local 157 is nothing hut a 
wrecking crew. Its memhership does not ex- 
ceed 150, 1)ut it has two business agents. 

"^ly men are watching other plants which 
we were told were marked for demolition by 
dynamite. Now that we have a case in which 
the evidence is complete and incontrovertible, 
we will see what can be done to a union labor 
dynamiter." — Chicago Tribune, June 3U, 191(i. 


Edward ^1. Ehlers, Grand Secretary 
of the Grand Lodge of New York, 
writes J lie Masonic Chronicler as fol- 
lows : 

"Replying to your letter of the 19th 
inst., permit me to say Justice Hughes is 
not a member of the Masonic fra- 

Neither of the candidates for presi- 
dent of the United States is a Mason. 
Both candidates for vice president,- Bros. 
Marshall and Fairbanks, are Masons. 
Bro. ^Marshall has been active in Mason- 
ry in. Indiana for years. He has held 
many of the most important offices in 
Ancient Craft Masonry and is one of the 
active members of the Supreme Council, 
Scottish Rite Masons. 

The above facts are printed for the 
benefit of those wdio are interested, and 
in answer to many letters of inquiry ask- 
ing for the information. — The Masonic 


Says a writer in the Kentucky 
Pythian : 

"Many critics of Pythanism don't 
think it is possible to build up a Pythian 
Lodge unless you offer some reward 
(sick benefits) to induce people to join. 

"It seems that benefits smack too much 
of commercialism. It is too much like 
insurance and becomes a business organ- 
ization instead of a Fraternal organiza- 
tion. Commercial fraternalism has no 
soul. A thing without a soul is dead, 
and that's why so many Pythian Lodges 
are dead— they have their hearts eaten 
out by Commercialism. The soul of the 
Lodge is dead. Members of the Grand 
Domain of Kentucky, wake up! Try a 
new method of organization. Don't waste 
your time on sick benefits, but devote 
your time in teaching your members how 

to keep well ; this is much better and 
brings more joy into your lodge room." 

In an editorial comment following the 
above we read : 

"A member of a lodge not a thousand 
miles from Covington drew over two 
hundred dollars per month sick benefits. 
He was a "jiner" for revenue only. He 
held membership in half a dozen differ- 
ent orders, all paying sick benefits. When 
at work he made about $60 per month. 
Cut out the sick benefits." 

"Masonic Cleaners" is the headline of 
an advertisement in the Kansas City 

LTndoubtedly they can keep busy. 
Even day and night shifts may be neces- 


Ten little Lodgemen went out to dine, 
A cocktail killed a Maccabee, and then 

there were nine. 
Nine little Lodgemen, drinking to their 

Down went an Odd-Fellow, then there 

were eight. 
Eight little Lodgemen thought they w-ere 

in heaven, 
A fizz killed a Knight of Honor, then 

there were seven. 
Seven little Lodgemen, playing funny 

Another caught a Red Man, then there 

were six. 
Six little Lodgemen, trying to booze and 

The next round fixed a Woodman, then 

there were fiA^e. 
Five little Lodgemen — the others on the 

floor — 
A Pathfinder gave up the ghost, then 

there were four. 
Four little Lodgemen, on a lovely spree. 
A Mason got his habit on, then there 

were three. 
Three little Lodgemen, sitting round the 

Away rolled a l^thian, then there were 

Two little Lodgemen, pretty nearly done, 
An Eagle couldn't stand the pace, then 

there was one. 
One little Lodgeman, drinking all alone, 
He was an Elk, and he took the wdiole 

bunch home. 

August, 1916. 





Not a great while ago I made the sub- 
ject of my article the claim of lodgemen 
that their organizations "are founded on 
the Bible." This claim is, like most oth- 
er lodge claims, entirely untrue, and yet 
there is an attempt to make it appear to 
be according to fact. 

Godless and wicked men construct se- 
cret societies for purposes of gain of one 
sort and another and, in order to secure 
members, put in Bible readings, prayers 
and hymns. These are borrowed from 
the church life and men who are not 
spiritually-minded cannot distinguish be- 
tween them and similar services heard in 
prayer meetings and church gatherings. 

I remember an old gentleman in Iowa 
who said to me that a lodge meeting 
seemed to him just like a prayer meet- 
ing. That is not strange when men are 
not spiritual ; w^hen they are not Bible 
men themselves. The tones and the out- 
ward appearance would quite naturally 
produce such an impression. 

I desire at this time, however, to ex- 
amine the subject of the Bible and the 
lodge from another point of view. Fre- 
quently men say to me, "What is the 
best book about lodges?" and I reply, 
"The Bible." And many good men do 
not realize that the Bible has anything 
to say on the subject at all. They are 
quite surprised. They expect me to rec- 
ommend my own works or those of some 
other man, and when I say to them that 
the Bible is the book, the book of all 
books on this subject, as on every other, 
they are quite astonished. 

I wish, therefore, to turn over with 
you for a little while the Bible teaching 
respecting secret societies and the secret 
society attitude respecting the Bible. If 
we can fairlv well determine the rela- 
tion of these two we shall know what to 
think about the lodges, for, first or last, 
everything is to be weighed and judged 
by the Word of God. 

Let us, therefore, in the first place, 
raise the question as to wh}' men join 
lodges. Reasons are various, as all 
thoughtful people know, but I presume 
the real reason which, more than any 
other one, sends men into secret orders 
is the fact that they are afraid to trust 

( jod. They want something or other and 
they are afraid that the}' cannot get it 
unless they unite witli some secret so- 
ciety. Sometimes it is political ])rc fer- 
ment. Sometimes it is custom or cus- 
tomers. Sometimes it is clients or jja- 
tients, but, no matter what it is-, there is 
something or other whicli men desire 
and they fear they cannot -ccurc wiiat 
they wish imless they become connected 
with some of these orders. 

Su])pose these friends who, for these 
reasons, unite with lodges of one descrip- 
tion or another could arri\c at a li\in,^' 
faith in a living (iod, so that the_\- would 
really trust in him for all lei^itimate 
needs, what would the effect Ijc ? I'n- 
doubtedly that they would give their time 
to prayer, to the sttidy of the l>ible. to 
work for the church ; trusting God to 
supply their needs, and, true to his prom- 
ise, he would do this. As He says, 
"Call upon me in the day of trouble ; I 
will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify 
me" (Ps. 50:15). No matter what the 
trouble is, this promise is uni\-ersal, 
trouble about health, trouble about 
friends, trouble about employment, 
trouble about any need. There is no lim- 
itation in the Word of God. "Call ui)on 
me in the day of trouble ; I will deliver 
thee and thou shalt glorify me." 

Of course, a person who believes this 
would not think of joining a lodge, sub- 
mitting to initiations, paying fees and 
dues and swearing oaths for the |)ur])ose 
of getting what God had promised freely 
to give, but when men do not believe 
God, when they do not trust him. his 
Word or his promises, of course they 
are likely to take some means to secure 
themselves against real or supposed dan- 
eers. If thev lack friends, liealth. oc- 
cupation, money, anything, they arc likely 
to look around and see lunv the\- can 
secure, l)v some hiunan C(^ntri\ancc. what 
thev do not l)elie\e God is willing or able 
to give. 

The promises hkc this arc so many 
that thev stud the Scri]itiu-es as stars do 
the skv or daisies do a I'ali foi-nia field: 
"Ask and it shall l)e given \o\\ : seek 
and ^•e shall find : knock and it shall be 
o]:)ene(l unto nou. for everyone that ask- 
eth receiveth and he that seekcth tindcth 
and to him that knockcth il shall be 
opened" (Matt. "; :^^ . These verbs arc in 



August, 1916. 

the indicative mood, they are not even 
conditionals, they are clear, straight, 
definite promises, and a man who be- 
lieves them will be free from anxiety. 
He will not be running after some hu- 
man contrivance to secure legitimate 
needs or to avoid impending dangers. 
"^ly God shall supply all your need ac- 
cording to his riches in glory by Christ 
Jesus" (PhiL 4:19). "Be careful for 
nothing ; but in everything by prayer and 
supplication, with thanksgiving, let your 
requests be made known unto God. And 
the peace of God, which passeth all un- 
derstanding, shall keep your hearts and 
minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 


There is no occasion for stopping, ex- 
cept that people who will refuse sufficient 
evidence will refuse all evidence, and I 
close this section of my letter with a 
repetition of the remark that the Bible 
shows that good men do not need to join 
lodges because God has promised to sup- 
ply all their real needs, and if they be- 
lieve what he says they can save time 
and money and trouble by going for- 
ward with his work and letting lodges 

Everything Is in. the Bible. 

The true doctrine respecting lodges, 
along with all other things, is found in 
the Bible. This is one of the proofs that 
the Bible is God's Word. If it were 
man's work^ somewhere or other it would 
fail to furnish the direction required, 
but, being a divine and not a human book, 
everything that men need is somewhere 
or other set forth in it. 

Another Bible teaching which would 
positively prevent any good man from 
joining the lodges is its doctrine con- 
cerning the close and fraternal associa- 
tion of good and evil men. "He that 
walketh with wise men shall be wise, but 
a companion of fools shall be destroyed" 
(Prov. 13 129). ''Be not unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers, for what fel- 
lowship hath righteousness with unright- 
eousness and what communion hath light 
with darkness and what concord hath 
Christ with Belial or what part hath he 
that believeth with an infidel and what 
agreement hath the temple of God with 
idols? For ye are the temple of the liv- 
ing God, as God hath said, I will dwell 
in them and walk in them and I will be 

their God and they shall be my people ; 
wherefore, come out from among them 
and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and 
touch sot the unclean thing and I will 
receive you and be a father to you and 
ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith 
the Lord Almighty" (2 Cor. 6:14-18). 
"Can two walk* together unless they be 
agreed?" (Amos 3:3). 

These Scriptures and many others like 
them teach the duty of separation. It is 
not a popular doctrine in our day, never- 
theless, it is a scriptural doctrine, and 
if scriptural doctrines are not popular, 
so much the worse for those who are not 
disposed to accept them. 

I believe that nine hundred and ninety- 
nine out of every thousand men and 
women who go wrong in this world do 
so because of evil association. Of 
course, this is a difficult thing to prove, 
and I admit that the human heart is nat- 
urally deceitful and wicked, but for all 
that God has never left Himself without 
witnesses in the human world ; and, so 
far as my experience and observation 
go, men who forsake God and go into 
sin are almost certain to be involved in 
evil companionship before the}^ go far 
into wrongdoing. 

"He that walketh with wise men shall 
be wise ; but a companion of fools shall 
be destroyed" (Prov. 13:20). A fool 
in the Bible sense is a wicked man, a 
wise man is one who loves God. The 
words "wise" and "foolish" in the Bible 
have not primary reference to intellectual 
gifts but to spiritual states. Over and 
over again the Word of God has warned 
us that evil doing is not only evil itself 
but foolish as well. It does not turn out 
well ; the returns are unfortunate. The 
sinner, when he decides to quit sinning, 
"comes to himself." That is to say, he 
gets his senses. 

I remember one of the sentences which 
I read in the Latin reader when I was a 
boy was something like this : "Drunk- 
enness is a brief insanity." One may say 
the same thing of any evil doing. It is a 
madness to transgress a just and holy 
law of God. While we all of us have 
temptations enough come to ourselves, 
these temptations are reinforced and 
multiplied if we have evil companions, 
and therefore the Word of God warns 
us so steadily against them. 

August, 1916. 



The Lodges Teach Morals. 

Over and again we are informed that 
while lodges are not churches, they are 
good moral organizations. Every once 
in a while some man tells us how, after 
joining the lodge, he was led to the 
church, the inference being that the lodge 
is a stepping stone in that direction. 
Some persons used to call it a handmaid 
of Christian faith, etc., etc., yet even 
these defenders admit that believers and 
unbelievers are yoked together in the 
lodges. They would like to say that the 
lodge is composed of good men. They 
know, how^ever, that this is not true, 
speaking as a whole, and so from time 
to time they admit that bad men are in 
the lodges and comfort themselves and 
seek to answer us by the statement that 
there are bad men in the churches, which 
unfortunately is sometimes true. The 
difference, however, is this, that a wicked 
man in the church is a liar and a hypo- 
crite, whereas a wicked man in a lodge 
is not necessarily either one or the other, 
for no lodge requires a man to profess 
that he has forsaken all sin and accepted 
salvation through Jesus Christ. 

Lodges profess to make men better, by 
human contrivances of one kind and an- 
other, by obligations, symbolic teaching 
and what-not. They do not require men 
to confess and forsake sin; they require 
them to "sw^ar oftV' "turn over a new 
leaf,'' do something or other which men 
can do. But the Bible teaches, and hu- 
man experience proves the statement 
true, that no man is delivered from his 
sins except by faith in Jesus Christ. He 
is the Savior, and the only Savior. Men 
who believe in him are believers and are 
delivered from their sins. Men who do 
not believe in him are infidels. That is 
to say, they do not believe the great thing 
which they need to believe, which they 
must believe or be lost, and lodges prac- 
tically v/ithout exception yoke these be- 
lievers and unbelievers unequally. They 
try to have people who are not agreed 
as to the great essential of life walk to- 
gether, though the Word of God declares 
that they cannot do it. They ask good 
men to be companions of fools, that is. 
to be companions of men who are not 
good — I mean in the scriptural sense — 
and so the Bible, which some ij^norant 

men say is the foundation of lodges, is 
shown to be in the second case, as in the 
first, the enemy of the lodge. 

Men join the lodges because they do 
not trust (jod. If they would trust God 
they would not join the lodges. Men in 
lodges, if they are good men, undertake 
to yoke with evil men ; if they are wise 
men they undertake to yoke with foolish 
men. Men who believe in Jesus as the 
only Savior of mankind seek to yoke 
with men who do not believe in Jesus as 
the only Savior of mankind ; so the\' un- 
dertake to falsify — to make of none ef- 
fect the Word of God. 

In the third place, the Bible magnifies 
the name of Jesus Christ. It does this 
directly and it does it inferentially. The 
lodges, where they do not directly assault 
the Lord Jesus Christ, ignore and neglect 
him. The main thing about a man or 
an institution is the spirit. ]\Ien are not 
evil men because they have done this, 
that or the other thing which is not ex- 
actly right ; they are wicked men because 
their spirits are wricked, they are selfish, 
they do not love God, they do not care 
for his Word, they do not care for his 
people. The result is that from time to 
time they do wrong things, and, as How- 
ard Crosby said years ago, "Out of the 
darkness dark deeds grow." ^len do 
wickedly because they are wicked, not 
because they wish to do evil, not because 
they believe it to be profitable to do evil, 
but simply because they are evil, and 
the Word of God strikes at this center. 
It undertakes to make men good, so that 
their deeds may be good. 

As our Lord Jesus said, ]^Iake the tree 
good and the fruit will be all right 
(Matt. 12:33), and then he proceeds to 
speak very positively. He says : "A 
pood tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, 
neither can a corrupt tree brmg tortli 
good fruit." "Cannot" is stronger than 
''will not.'' It is stronger than "does 
not" ; it afiirms not only a present state 
but a necessary condition. "A gcu-^d tree 
cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can 
a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit." 
and, as I have been saying, it is through 
faith in Jesus Christ that men become 
good, so the Bil:)le magnifies him from 
beginning to end. In prophecy, in sym- 
bol and type, in plain-spoken biography. 



August, 1916. 

ill constant reference. Jesus Christ is 

In Romans He is named seventy times, 
in First Corinthians sixty-seven times, 
in Second Corinthians fifty-two times, 
in little Galatians thirty-eight times, in 
Ephesians forty-five times, in Philippians 
thirty-nine times, and in the four chap- 
ters of the Colossians He is named twen- 
ty-six times. The chapters in Colossians 
are not long, but Jesus is expressly 
named more than six times to each chap- 
ter. I have not counted the personal 
pronoims "he." "his," "him" and the 
like. If I had done so the number would 
be far greater. 

This count shows how the Holy Spirit 
magnifies Jesus Christ. He lingers on 
his name as we do on the names of our 
dearest friends. If we become Chris- 
tians we shall drink into this same spirit. 
If organizations are Christian they will 
be animated by the same spirit. No man 
can be a good man, no organization can 
be a good organization that treats with 
slighting or contempt the name of Jesus 

"Whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God and the Father by 
him" (Col. 3:17). Not some things, all 
things. It does not say, act occasionally 
in the name of Jesus ; it says, act in his 
name all the while. 

I call your attention to the words, "in 
the name of the Lord Jesus." Men say 
"God" means just the same as "Jestts." 
This is not true, though there is a meas- 
ure of truth in it, but even if it were, 
would it be an excuse for carefully and 
continually avoiding the name Jesus 
Christ? I do not think any honest man 
will say so. "Whatsoever ye do, in word 
or deed, do in the name of the Lord 
Jesus Christ." "Giving thanks always 
for all things unto God and the Father 
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" 
(Eph. 5:20). These quotations are de- 
cisive. They show that God attaches im- 
portance to the name of Jesus Christ. 
Of course, if one had a Christian spirit 
and was trying to honor God as well as 
he knew how, and should ignorantly or 
carelessly omJt the name of Jesus Christ, 
God would not hold him guilty, but we 
may be sure that the Spirit would 
speedily bring him to think of Jesus 
Christ and to name him. 

It is said that an old man among the 
Hindus was listening to a missionary. 
The old man had for years been living a 
prayerful life. In his ignorance and deg- 
radation he had been feeling after God 
if happily he might find him. W^hen 
the missionary began to talk about Jesus 
Christ, who was revealed to comfort and 
help sinful men, the old man said: "I 
have known him a long while, but I did 
not know what his name was." Because 
he was a reverent man, walking up to all 
the light he had, God gave him more 
light, as he is accustomed to do. Be- 
cause he had an htimble, childlike heart 
God revealed to him in due time the 
name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

It seems to me an indescribably horri- 
ble thing for a Christian man, especially 
a Christian minister, to go into an or- 
ganization which deliberately omits the 
name of Jesus Christ from its creed and 
omits his name from its ritual, omits 
his name even from scriptural readings ; 
meanwhile going through solemn forms, 
prayers and the like, and creating the 
impression in the minds of its votaries 
that if they do as this order tells them 
to they are sure of heaven. 

Is not this a horrible thing that pro- 
fessed Christian men, especially Chris- 
tian ministers, should be yoked up with 
organizations which, in place of requiring 
them to do all things in the name of 
Jesus, forbids them to do anything in his 
name — that is, anything in the lodge or 
order? Of course, secret societies do 
not follow men home and forbid them to 
pray there in the name of Jesus, but 
in Freemasonry and Odd-Fellowship 
that is the order ; no mention of Jesus 

Trust in God, not in yourselves, not 
in men. This is Bible teaching, and men 
who do it will not naturally go into 
lodges. Avoid close and fraternal asso- 
ciation with evil men. This is the teach- 
ing of the Word of God, and men who 
follow it will not be yoked up with 
wicked men in secret associations. "Do 
all in the name of the Lord Jesus." In 
his name. All, not a part, not almost 
all, but all. Not in the name of God, but 
in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving 
thanks to God the Father by him. 
(To be continued.) 

August, 1916. 




BY REV. P.. K. i;i:UCE.S()N. 

Its religion. 
Not Christianity. 
Pleases Christ's enemies. 
Quotations from its own leaders. 
!vlackey's Encyclopedia 'of Masonry, 


The article on "Religion of Masonry" 
says : 

"Masonry is indeed a religion." 

"Freemasonry, is not Christianity." 
(Gal. I, 6-17.) 

"There is nothing in it to offend a 
Jew." ( I Cor. I, 23.) 

"The tendency of all true Masonry is 
towards religion." (John 14, 6.) 

"It admits men of every creed within 
its hospitable bosom." (Tit. 3, 10.) 

"Its religion is that general one of na- 
ture — in \vhich all men agree." ( i Cor. 


"Masonry is indeed a religious insti- 
tution. On this ground should religious 
Masons defend it." 

In the article on "Christianization of 
Freemasonry," in the same "Mackey's 
Encyclopedia of Freemasonry," we read : 

Some "have fallen into a great error 
in calling the Master Mason's degree a 
Christian institution." (Matt. 15, 13, 


"The origin of each (Christianity and 
Masonry) is different; their histories 
are dissimilar." "Freemasonry preceded 
Christianity." (Matt. 23, 31.) 

"At its altar men of all religions may 
kneel : to its creed disciples of every 
faith may subscribe." "Its universality 
is its boast." (i John 5, 9-13.) 

"If Masonry were simply a Christian 
institution, the Jew and the Moslem, the 
Brahman and the Buddhist could not 
conscientiously partake of its illumina- 
tion." ( 2 John 7, T T.) 

The above statements are very clear. 
And as Masons truly say, that a non- 
believer in Christ could not "conscien- 
tiously" partake of the Christian religion, 
so say Christians, that they can not par- 
take of a non-Christian religion. [2 
Cor. 6. 14-18.) 

This applies to almost all secret so- 
cieties. — Lutheran Herald. 



It would seem unnecessary to adduce 
any more evidence to convince intelli- 
gent people that all the sacred Masonic 
stories connecting the Apostles, the Es- 
senes, Solomon, lliram of Tyre, and 
even others still more remote with the 
"ancient craft" have no more foundation 
in fact than the stor\- told by Joseph 
Smith about the origin of the Book of 
^lormon, but error is hard to uproot, 
and especially so when it is solemnly re- 
hearsed ad infinitum in the meetings of 
an order, as in the case of these Masonic 

Turning to the article on breemasonry 
in The Encyclopaedia Britannica, elev- 
enth edition, we are interested to hnd 
that the author is Wm. James Hugan, 
Past S. G. D. of the Grand Lodge of 
England, and author of "The English 
Rite of Freemasonry." Considering the 
work in which it appears as well as the 
author we are justified in expecting 
something fairly authoritative in this ar- 
ticle. A few extracts only can be in- 
dulged here. Those desiring the whole 
article can readil}- hnd it in the LJrit- 

In what may properly be called his 
introduction, Air. Hugan says : "An un- 
favorable opinion of the historians of 
the craft generally may fairly have been 
held during the eighteenth and earl}- in 
the nineteenth centuries." This is a 
sweeping statement and sets aside at 
once a large mass of material that has 
been and still is held b)' hundreds of 
thousands of men to be as true as the 
l)il)le. But to point Air. llugan's asser- 
tion, we (|Uote further: 

"Dr. Anderson ( 1723) gravely states 
that '(irand Master Mioses often mar- 
shaled the Israelites into a regular anc^ 
general lodge while in the wilderness. 
* -i^ '> King Solomon was AFaster of the 
lodge at Jerusalem. ■' '■■' '■' King \ebu- 
chadnezzar became the (^rand ^ faster 
Mason.' etc., dex'oting man\ more jKiges 
to similar absurdities." 

In a footnote the author (|notes from 
some lodge poet of Dr. Anderson's time 
the f(^llowing couplet: 
"If histoi'N be no ancient fable. 



August, 1916. 

Freemasons came from Tower of Babel." 

Continuiiij?, ]\Ir. Hugan says: "If 
the view of the subject herein taken be 
correct (the view opposed to that of the 
historians referred to), it will be useless 
to load the investigation by devoting 
considerable space to a consideration of 
the laws and customs of still older so- 
cieties which may have been utilized and 
imitated by the fraternity, but which in 
no sense can be accepted as the actual 
forbears of the present society of Free 
and Accepted Masons. They were pred- 
ecessors, or possibly prototypes, but not 
near relatives or progenitors of the. Free- 

"The Mother Grand Lodge of the 
world is that of England, which was in- 
augurated in the metropolis on St. John 
Baptist's day, i/i/, by four or more old 
lodges, three of which still flourish. * * ■'' 

"Ireland and Scotland followed the 
example set by their Masonic mother in 
England in having Grand Lodges of 
their own. It is not proved how the lat- 
ter became acquainted with Freemasonry 
as a secret society, guided more or less 
by the operative MS., Constitutions or 
Charges common to the three governing 
bodies, not met with elsewhere, but the 
credit of a Grand Lodge being estab- 
lished to control the lodges belongs to 

"It may be a startling declaration, but 
it is well authenticated that there is no 
Freemasonry, as the term is now under- 
stood, than that which has been so de- 
rived. In other words, the lodges and 
Grand Lodges in both hemispheres trace 
their origin and authority back to Eng- 
land for working what is known as the 
Three Degrees, controlled by regular 
Grand Lodges. 

"That being so, a history of modern 
Freemasonry, the direct offspring of the 
British parent aforesaid, should first of 
all establish the descent of the three 
Grand Lodges from the Freemasonry of 
the earlier days, such continuity of five 
centuries or more being a sine qua non 
of antiquity and regularity." 

Referring to the lodges of "this long 
period," our historian says, "So far as 
is known the lodges were much of the 
same type throughout, and consisted 
really of operatives (who enjoyed prac- 
tically a monopoly for some time of the 

trade as masons or freemasons), and in 
part of 'speculatives,' i. e., noblemen, 
gentlemen, and men of other trades, who 
were admitted as honorary members." 

In other words, summing up the evi- 
dence, modern or speculative Freemason- 
ry dates no further back than the Grand 
Lodge of England, which was organ- 
ized in London on St. John Baptist's 
Day (June 24), 171 7, and which in turn 
was based on a certain guild of operative 
Masons, the existence of which may be 
traced back several centuries, possibly 
five — -that is, back as far as the thirteenth 
century. But Masonry as it is known 
to-day is not yet two hundred years old. 

Any one wishing a ready and concise 
statement upon the subject may turn to 
The Standard Dictionary (last edition) 
where is the following definition of a 
Freemason: "A member of an ancient 
and extensive secret order or fraternity^ 
dating from the middle ages ; originally 
confined in scope to skilled artisans but 
now having a far wider range of inclu- 
sion. * * ^ The present form of organ- 
ization is said to have been effected in 
London in 171 7. * * * In 1725 Free- 
masonry was introduced into France,, 
and in 1733 the first American lodge 
was founded." 

So exit again Solomon, Hiram, "the 
Holy Saints John," and the oft repeated 
claim that "Freemasonry parallels the 
Old Testament." The worthy ancients 
whose names have been borrowed to lend 
sanctity to this exotic social growth knew 
no more about it than they did of the 
discovery of America, or the history of 
the United States. 

Richmond, Ind. 

Not in India. 

As illustrative of the universality and 
freedom from prejudice and intolerance 
of Freemasonry, a writer in the Masonic 
Rezneiv relates a pleasing incident which 
occurred not long since in the Masonic 
temple at Calcutta, when he was the 
guest at a Masonic function at which 
were present about one hundred and fifty 
brethren, men of almost every national- 
ity and creed. It appears there were 
three candidates for advancement to the 
highest degree, one of whom was a 
Christian, who took his obligation on the 

Aug-ust, 1916. 



Bible; one was a Mohammedan, who 
took his obligation on the Koran ; the 
other a Hindoo, who took it on the 
Shastras. The oath was administered 
by an English brother, a judge of the 
supreme court, and he was assisted by 
the Grand Secretary, Bro. Ruscomjee, 
a Parsee and follower of Zoroaster. 

There ^Masonry is seen and felt. There 
it is now what it was in Europe dur- 
ing the dark ages. There no one thinks 
it trifling or useless. These men in India 
are the learned, the influential men. They 
do not renounce their religions, but they 
meet in lodge before T. G. A. O. T. U., 
while they walk about in their quiet, 
daily avocations, among Asia's teeming 
millions, sowing the seed, and setting the 
example, from high to low, of Masonic 
teachings and ^Masonic lives. Who can 
calculate its influence? — Masonic Sun. 


Is labor property? Is the right to 
work a human right or is it a commod- 
ity ? Around this question will be fought 
the next great industrial war. 

The civil war seemed to say that for 
America at least men were not property. 
The conflict between the states, how- 
ever, said nothing about men's work. 
The Supreme Court of Massachusetts 
has recently remarked : "That the right 
to \vork is property cannot be regarded 
longer an open question." 

On the other hand Congress in the 
Clayton antitrust law declared in 1914: 
"The labor power of a hum-^n being is 
not a commodity or article of com- 

Between these two opinions — one ex- 
pressed by Congress and the other bv the 
highest court of ]\Iassachusetts — there 
nnist be war. If Congress prevails, the 
American Federation of Labor and the 
present labor unions ?<re likeh' to live 
?nd to prosper. If the ^Massachusetts 
court is right the labor movement will 
have to invent new forms of organiza- 
tion and new methods by which to win 
shorter working hours and higher pay, 
for which at present it is contending. 
The Labor Injunction. 

The most effective weapon with which 
labor is now fought is the injunction. 
The unions know that and so do the anti- 
union organizations. In behalf of the 
latter Daniel Davenport, general counsel 

of the American Anti-Bo\cott Associa- 
tion, has sent out a pamphlet which re- 
i)rints the opinion of the Massachusetts 

In 1914 the Bay State legislature 
enacted an anti-injunction law. It was 
the model law advocated by Samuel 
Ciompers. Similar laws are now being 
urged in Illinois, (jeorgia, W^est \^ir- 
ginia. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana. 
( )hio and California. The passage of 
the bills has been made the paramount 
labor issue in all these states. 

How the unions feel about the situa- 
tion was showm in a recent injunction 
ordered by a Giicago court. The judge 
enjoined about 300 Poles from doing 
various things to aid in the prosecution 
of a strike. Inadvertently, however, he 
enjoined two newspaper men from pub- 
lishing matter favorable to the strikers. 
When that fact was brought to his 
attention the injunction was modified. 
The freedom of the press was at once 
involved. Xothing is more sacred in 
the United States. The unions made 
much of this fact. They demanded for ' 
themselves the same exemption from in- 
junctions which the court was glad to 
give to a foreign language newspaper. 
Consequently an antiinj unction confer- 
ence was called and a campaign for the 
new law was planned. 

A Futile Campaign. 
The next legislature accordingly will 
be requested to enact a law for Illinois 
similar to the labor sections of the Clay- 
ton antitrust liill. Such a law. however, 
was declared unconstitutional by the 
^Massachusetts Supreme Court on ^lay 

Curiously the eastern decision was 
brouoht about bv a fight between two 
Boston unions. A branch ot the In- 
dustrial Workers of the World brought 
the action against hodcarriers and labor- 
ers who were members of the American 
b>(leration of Labor. The I. W. W.*s 
won in spite of the antiinjunction law. 
which s'lid that the ri^ht to labor is not 
a property right. 

The court reiterated the statements : 
"The labor and skill of the workman. 
bo it of high (^r low degree, the plant 
of the manufacturer, the investments of 
comuHM-ce. are all in equal ^ense prop- 



August, 1916. 

"Labor is property, and as such merits 

"The ridit to make it available is next 
in importance to the rights of Hfe and 

"One cannot be deprived of it by a 
simple mandate of the legislature." 

]\Ir. Davenport says that the Massa- 
chusetts decision will be followed un- 
doubtedly by the courts of all the states. 
If that is true, if under the federal 
constitution, an antiin junction law can't 
stand, the present Illinois campaign will 
be futile. 

The British Example, 

Both of the radical and the conserva- 
tive reports made by members of the 
recent commission on industrial rela- 
tions recommended that the British 
trades dispute act of 1906 be taken as a 
model by the United States. The British 
law provided, among other things, about 
Avhat ]\Ir. Gompers got in the Clayton 
bill and what the Illinois unions are de- 
manding in the antiin junction act. 

Briefly, the Britishers said that any- 
thing which one workman might do 
legally his entire organization was free 
to do. Any man can individually give 
up his job without being guilty of a con- 
spiracy. Therefore, any number of men 
or women may do the same thing. Xo 
injunction must be issued against them 
for striking or for persuading other 
workers to strike. 

Combinations of employers and of 
workers are both pronounced legal by 
the British law.. Through such a meas- 
ure Professor John R. Commons and his 
group agreed that the United States 
might attain industrial peace with honor. 
But the decision of the Massachusetts 
Supreme Court appears to forbid any- 
thing like the British device in this 

The United States Supreme Court 
judges must naturally say the last word. 
If thev agree with the ]\Iassachusetts 
jurists we may look for a new sort of 
union. For the present tactics of labor 
will have been rendered obsolete by one 
massive blow. — William L. Chenery 
in "The Guide Post,'' Chicago Herald, 
June 21, 1916. 



A Catholic Protest. 

[The author of the subjoined protest is a 

prominent lawyer. He says in an accompany- 
ing letter to the editor of the Reriezc, that he 
does not wish to have his name published, and 
adds: "I am genuinely concerned in regard 
to the K. of C. I have been a member since 
1901. Many of the objections made to the 
organization by 3^ou and others have struck 
me as without force. But I can only condemn 
the mental attitude of anyone writing such 
items as the one quoted from the ColiDiibiad. 
It is not Catholic. I deplore any inclination 
to slight and ignore the position of the Church 
even in little, much more in grave, matters. 
I believe this to be the attitude of the over- 
whehning majority of the members of the 
Order; yet I well know how a little leaven 
can act on a mighty mass." — Editor Fort- 
nightly Rez'ieziK] 

There is printed, without a word of com- 
ment, the following news item in the current 
number of the Columbiad, the official organ 
of the Knights of Columbus (Vol. XXIIT, 
No. 2, page 20) : 

"Responding to an invitation from the Ma- 
sonic bodies of the city, members of Saratoga 
Council (Saratoga, N. Y.) to the numlier of 
seventy-five visited the new temple of the 
Masons on New Year's day and inspected it, 
together wnth other fraternal bodies. The 
Masons were delighted with the visit of the 
Catholic men, and the latter felt, after the 
visit, that they had done a great deal towards 
the promotion of good feeling between the 
Orders, and the attainment of a better under- 

As a member of the Order of the Knights 
of Columbus for many years, I must voice 
my surprise and disapproval of the mental at- 
titude here expressed. I have the kindliest 
and most charitable regard for the gentlemen 
who are members of the Masonic Order, but 
as a Catholic I have only words of condemna- 
tion for the Order as such. This item recalls 
to my mind other recent incidents, which, if 
well intentioned, were at least discomforting 
to one who wishes well for the K. of C. 

One of the Supreme Officers of the Order, 
not long ago, in conversation with me, made 
statements which I felt it my duty to censure 
at once. He said that there was no logical or 
valid reason why the Church should condemn 
the Masons in this country and forbid Cath- 
olics to join them; that the prohilMtion should 
be, and in his judgment would soon be, done 
away with. 

T trust those in authoritv in the Order will 
set their faces sternly against these un-Cath- 
olic statements and opinions. 

A Knight of Columbus, 
The Fortnightly Reviciv, March 15. IDIG. 

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[The following statement was made to 
Rev. G. A. Pegram by Mrs. S., who later 
wrote it for publication. It reads almost 
like a chapter in Graham's great story, "In 
the Coils," which was published in the 
Cynosure recently.] 

A number of years agd there came 
into the Wesleyan Methodist conference 
of which my father was a member, a 
yoimg man of bright intellect, good edu- 
cation, and a clear Christian experience, 
who for convenience I will call Rev. Mr. 
Jones. Previous to his entering the min- 
istry both he and his wife had been en- 
gaged in a business which had brought 
them an income of $2,000^ per year and 
they had known very little about strict 
economy. It meant more to them than 
to some others to come down to a salary 
of $500 per year, which they received 
on the charges which they served. If I 
remember correctly. Rev. Mr, Jones was 
in his second charge at the time I became 
acquainted with him. They seemed to 
be unable to make ends meet. 

It was while here that they became 
acquainted with the presiding elder and 
some of the ministers of the Methodist 
Episcopal church of that district who 
persuaded him to join that church on 
the promise of a larger salary. But in- 
stead of receiving such a salary and a 
good charge, the bishop assigned him to 
a very hard field of labor about twenty" 
or twenty-five miles from where he had 
been serving, and where he received only 
$150 per year. 

About this time, both of my parents 
having died, I went to live in a city 125 
miles distant where there was no Wes- 
leyan church and 1 united with the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church there. The first 
w^inter I was in the city, the pastor of 
my church, though not acquainted with 
Rev. Mr. Jones, was appealed to for 
financial aid for him and his sufitering 
family. You may well imagine my sur- 
prise, because I had sup])osed they were 
receiving a large salary, but it seems 
they were actually starving. 

But my surprise at this time did not 
compare with what T experienced a little 
later when I learned that this brother 
had been told by this same presiding 
elder that his present unfortunate 1)0- 
sition was due to his opposition *.o or- 

ganized secrec}-, and that, if he would 
join the Masons he wcnild siirel\' get a 
charge paying a hirge salarw As one 
compromise makes it eas\' for another, 
and, undoubtedl}' infiuenced b}- his ter- 
rible suffering, he C(jnsented to j'jin and 
was initiated into the Masonic lodge. 

Later, when taking the third degree to 
become a Master Mason, they hit him 
with the setting maul such a blow on the 
head that he was bad!} hurl, and was 
carried home in an unconsciou:- condi- 
tion and died after three weeks. 1 )uring 
his illness he was attended b}' a Ala>(jinc 
physician and had Masonic nurses. He 
was never left for one moment williout 
some of them present; he was not e\en 
allowed to be alone with his wife. She 
was a very timid woman, and fearing 
these men, did not assert her rights. 

When Rev. Mr. Jones was dying, he 
begged for just one moment to Ijc alone 
w^ith his beloved wife, so soon to be left 
on earth. He said he wanted to bid her 
the last good-bye with no other eyes 
upon them, and that he wanted to make 
a confession to her. Even this was for- 
bidden by these lodge brethren. Then 
he begged the privilege of speaking to 
some other friends, but this too was for- 
bidden. Then, mastering what strength 
he had left, he exclaimed, 'T must clear 
my soul ; I must confess my wrong and 
warn others. I cannot go into eternity 
until I tell them why I am here that oth- 
ers may not be ensnared as I have l^een." 
At his ciw his ^Masonic brethren put a 
g-aof into his mouth and he immediateh' 
died. Thus the life of Rev. Mr. Jones 
went into the hands of his Maker. His 
family was abandoned to suff'er ( as the^• 
afterward did), while these Christian 
men (the\- called themselves Christians) 
went calml)- on duping other men and 
leading them into inextricable entangle- 
ments which almost certainly w o u 1 d 
cause them to k^^e their soul^. 

I recei\'ed this stor_\- from the fips of 
?vlrs. Jones herself, who was made to 
suffer so criiell}' and deeplw 1 also heard 
the same storv from ni\ (n\ n pastor and 
in ni\ own clmrcli circles. In tlie Ma- 
sons' atlcmpt li> smother their wrong 
th(w onl\ made matters worse, as is 
nsnalK' the case. 

1 liad always ])een opposed to secrecy 
Init vo' acli\c1\' so. btit this so dee'^h 



August. 1916. 

impressed me that though only a young 
woman, it made me feel that my opposi- 
tion to these things must not be merely 
negative, but positive. May the Lord 
help us to seek and expect victory and 
deliverance in his name. 

Mrs. G. E. S. 


It has remained for the inimitable 
and irrepressible ex-President Roosevelt 
to give currency to a hitherto little used 
phrase, viz., "weasel words." 

Somebody thinks he knows the origin 
of the words and has traced it back 
to a story which appeared in the Cen- 
tiir\ in 1900. In an article entitled "The 
Stained Glass Platform," in which Mr. 
Stewart Chaplin caricatured political 
platform-making, there was this pas- 
sage : 

"And like most platforms," continued 
St. John, "it contains plenty of what I 
call weasel words." 

"And what may weasel words be? 

"Whv, weasel words are words that 
suck all the life out of the words next 
to them, just as a weasel sucks an ^gg 
and leaves the shell. If you heft the 
tgg afterward it's as light as a feather, 
and not very filling when you're hungry, 
but a basketful of them would make 
quite a show, and would bamboozle the 

"I know them well," said Gamage. 
"and mighty useful they are, too. Al- 
though the old gentleman couldn't write 
much of a platform, he's an expert on 
weaseling. I've seen him take his pen 
and go through a proposed plank or res- 
olution and weasel every flat-footed 
word in it. Then the weasel word pleases 
one man, and the word that's been 
weaseled pleases another." 

But whatever the origin the phrase is 
very suggestive. Such expressions as 
"unholy holiness," "noisy quietness," 
"dull brightness," would be examples of 
weasel words. They suck all the mean- 
ing out of the words with which they 
stand in connection. 

We could not repress the thought that 
there are weasel lives, too, i. e., lives 
which are inconsistent with one's pro- 

We have all known such — people pro- 
fessing one thing and living another. 
They shouted great, swelling words 6i 
holiness and Christian devotion, but the 
weasel of inconsistent lives sucked all 
the menaing out of what they said and 
left it very empty. No wonder someone 
said, "How can I hear what you say 
when what you are is thundering in my 
ears?" — Evangelical Messenger. 


Three members of the Order of Ben- 
Hur, a fraternal organization with a 
headquarters in the state of Indiana, 
were expelled from membership in the 
association by the executive committee 
of the society on the ground that they 
were attempting to bring discord and 
dissension among the members by "trans- 
gressing the bounds of legitimate discus- 
sion," thus violating their obligation. 
The Circuit Court of that state sus- 
tained the action of the executive com- 

The following is taken from their 
official publication The Chariot : 

"The laws regulating national banks 
has a most excellent provision where- 
in any person who is guilty of circulat- 
ing malicious reports derogatory to the 
financial strength and credit of any na- 
tional bank may be given a penitentiary 
sentence. The editor of The Chariot 
believes a similar law should be enacted 
bv the federal government applying the 
s'^me penalties to the protection of the 
fraternal beneficial societies of our land. 

"Confidence is the basis of all com- 
mercial transactions and applies with 
equal force to the business of our frater- 
nal beneficial societies. A member of 
a society who would maliciously circu- 
late false reports and seek to destroy 
confidence of the members in its man- 
agement and of the general public in 
its reliability, is just as culpable and 
should be dealt with just as severely as 
a man who circulates reports which 
would cause "a run" on any national 
bank, and thereby bring about a failure 
of such an institution. 

"We trust the committee on statu- 
tory legislation of our National Frater- 
nal Congress of America at their next 
meeting will at least consider a provi- 

August, 1916. 



sion along these lines, or the possibility 
of introducing a similar law affecting 
our fraternal beneficial societies in the 
various states." 

This would seem to be a dangerous 
precedent. It is the ''executive com- 
mittee" that decides whether.the criticism 
of a member is malicious. Once let the 
executive committee consist of grafters 
bent on exploiting an order and the least 
whisper of criticism would be considered 
malicious and the offender be expelled. 
It will be remembered that we reported 
a similar method of suppressing crit- 
icism when the officials of the Woodmen 
of the World took away the charter of a 
camp in Texas which protested against 
the acts of those in authority. 


Modern Woodmen of America intro- 
duced what they term the "Forest De- 
gree, or Open Air Adoption." It is an 
innovation and is a clever scheme to pop- 
ularize and advertise the order. Accord- 
ing to the Modern JVoodmen Magazine, 
Consul A. R. Talbot, in announcing its 
aim and purpose, thus explains the in- 
novation : 

This degree is intended for use in single 
or class adoptions (initiations) held out of 
doors, especially during the warm summer 
months, when indoor camp work interest 
drags on account of the heat. The best effects 
will be obtained if the ceremony is held in 
a grove or in a public park or picnic grounds. 
If no such locations are available, a large 
casvas tent will answer the purpose. 

This degree is open to the public. It may 
be coml^ined with a picnic program or other 
form of entertainment. When used in the 
adoption of candidates, the regular obligation 
of the official ritual should be privately admin- 
isterd to them on the same day by the camp 
consul and a special dispensation is granted for 
that purpose. The candidate or candidates 
should then be required to attend the next reg- 
ular meeting of the camp to be fully itistructed 
in the secret work. 

That the initiation is only a fake and 
is done for the amusement of the public 
and for advertising purposes is evi- 
denced further in the same announce- 
ment where we read : 

"Since the degree is open to the public, it, of 
course, contains no hint rexealing any of the 
real secret work of the society. It will be 
instructive and furnish fun for the boys on 
occasions of big public gatherings. It affords 
an opportunity for showing the working of the 
goat and gives the foresters teams a chance 
to get in the limelight." 

The first presentation of the 'T^'orest 
Degree" was on June 19th at Lincoln, 
Nebraska, and, it is said, was witnessed 
by a crowd of five th(jusand people. Ac- 
cording to the report, the ''goat . . . 
was a little shy and nervous" and so the 
''stunts" on the program were of the 
tamer sort. 

"In addition to exemplifying the degree, as 
written, which included the log-rolling con- 
test, chopping down tree, walking greased tel- 
ephone pole, blindfolded I)Oxers, and many 
other amusing stunts, there was the patriotic 
demonstration of saluting the flag of our coun- 
try, which made the prairies fairly resound 
with the echoing applause. The whole closed 
with a typical forest scene, with the early- 
settlers log cabin, the attack at night by In- 
dians, the massacre of the settler, the burning 
at the stake of the visiting pioneer, the kid- 
naping of the settler's wife, the firing of the 
cabin, then the foresters to the rescue, and 
later the presentation of the amount called 
for in the Woodmen Ijenefit certiiicate to the 
widow, the whole closing with a display of 

"The setting of the out-of-doors camp was 
typical of the forest. Stumps were at each 
station and the officers were costumed as 
Robin Hood and his merrv men." 


In a late number of TJie Living 
Church, an organ of the Episcopal 
church, occurred the following criticism 
of that church in its relation to ritualism 
and the Masonic order: ''How can it be 
possible for English or American church- 
men viewing the history of the evolution 
of their own race, to accjuiesce to-day. 
when both of them are free from the 
rule of foreigners, in a manner of wor- 
ship that is foreign to all their ra.cial 
traits? To-day the Afasons have the 
ritual — and the men. And the church 
has the reality for which the ritual 
stands — and in the great majority of our 
churches the Eucharist is celebrated be- 
fore empty pews. 

" 'Does it not seem incre(lil)lc that 
educated churchmen not only acc|uiesce 
in the condition, but glory in it ? 

" 'And is it not tlic height of al)surd 
inconsistence that Afasons themselves 
are often among the most intolerant aiiti- 
rittialists in a parish ? 

" 'God created the church : man creat 
ed the lodge. 

" 'God gave sacraments as means of 
grace, in the interest of holy living, and 
these sacraments are reposed in the keep- 



Aus^ust, 1916 

ing of the church ; man framed rules of 
life, which are expounded in the lodge, 
but in which he is unable to give means 
whereby tliose rules are made eltective. 

"■ 'God calls all men, and women and 
children with them, into a brotherhood 
and a fellowship that exists because of 
a common Fatherhood : the lodge creates 
a limited fraternity, extending to its own 
members alone, and built on no common 
relationship between man and man. 

'■ 'God has made regeneration possible 
for his children by creation to become 
his children in a still higher sense : the 
lodge cannot provide means whereby a 
man mav be born a2:ain after he is 
old.' '• 

A\'e call attention to the following 
interesting: things in the above remarks : 

1. The complaint that the Episcopal 
chtirch is losing, not only her ritual, but 
also her men to the lodge. But the Epis- 
copal is one of the churches with an 
open dcor for all manner of lodge men. 
This flattens the point of the thrust at 
the Lutheran church that she has few 
men because she does not accept lodge 
members. As a matter of fact statistics 
shovN" that the Lutheran church has more 
men proportionately than most churches. 

2. The statement that in the great 
m.ajoritv of their churches the Eucharist 
is celebrated before empty pews. That 
is. manv of the men hnd something in 
the ritualism of the lodge that satisfies 
them and hence absent themselves from 
the holv communion service. 

2. The fact that there are those in 
the Episcopal church who tight the 
ritualism of the church, but swear by 
their lodsre which has a more elaborate 
ritualism of its own. This is on a par 
with the fact that some men resent the 
authcritv of the church in her teachings 
and principles of practice but blindly 
submit to be led about in the dark cor- 
ridors of some lodge room. 

4. The very sound and sensible 
things said in the last four paragraphs : 
that'' God created the church: man the 
lodge : and so forth. 

There is a world of truth and several 
worlds of common sense in those state- 
ments. A careful and imbiased study 
of the same ought to satisfv any one 
that, at least so far as religion is con- 
cerned, there is absolutelv no need what- 

ever of the lodge; and that when such 
men-made institutions dabble in religion 
and in the proper sphere of the church 
they only muss things, confuse men's 
minds, hurt the church and endanger 
souls. — Lutlicraii Standard. 



Scripture uses the word ■"abomina- 
tion" se\-eral times to express the utter 
detestation of God against an object of 
his displeasure. The word is used par- 
ticularly with reference to idols and false 

What Is Religion? 

Religion is belief in deity accom- 
panied by service and worship. \Vor- 
ship is religious homage rendered deity, 
whereby the worshiper designs to come 
before his god in a way acceptable to 
him and to obtain his favor. 

There Are Many Counterfeit Religions. 

The varieties of religion are many. 
According to the delinitions given above. 
Freemasonry and Odd-Fellowship must 
be included among them. These orders 
delinitely avow belief in deity : their rit- 
uals carry a large amount of service and 
worship: their object is moral and spir- 
itual CTOod : bv reason of all which their 
members expect to obtain eternal life. 
Is Christianity a Sect? 

It is claimed by lodgemen that re- 
ligion is universal and Christianity mere- 
Iv a sect, a part of this universal re- 
lisfion : whence thev believe that God can 
be generallv worshiped on a broad basis 
of common agreement : therefore they 
are obliged to exclude the peculiar claims 
of Jesus Christ as belonging to a particu- 
lar cult of deity. Xow. it is true that 
religion as such is universal, but it by 
no means follows that there is a broad 
basis on which all men can stand to wor- 
ship God aright. The question at issue 
does not hinge on the universality 01 
the religious sense, but on the correct- 
ness of its objective. There does not 
exist such a thing as a whole range of 
true religion of which Christianity would 
be simplv a part. On the contrary. Chris- 
tianitv stands outside of all other re- 
ligions, all of which are false. To be 
stire. the ^lason and the CMd-Fellow 
hold that the peculiar claims of Christ 
are omitted from their rituals for the 




sake of neutralirv- : granted that there is 
nothing worse back c' -■=. nevertheless, 
such a position is r. :: :ssi^> -nd the 
semblance of it. even, may e as- 

sumed. God the Father demands that 
his Son sha" ' r - [ he who 

-^e- ~ot honor uic :rc:: ^-^c- r. ' nor 
:: r : -ther: no prayers will 'be /..^r^ by 
:. .: true God except such as are 
ottered in the name of Jesus : yea. more, 
he : - veth not the Lord Jesus Christ 
is aL^:ur^ed i Cor. 16:221. It follows, 
then, that all worship is not Christian 
worship, and what is not Christian wor- 
ship is pagan worship. Christian wor- 
ship is the re'-igious homage rendered to 
God :":-r ~:-:::r" ::: C'/.^ist's name, and is 
accep:a:.c :: lim: :::-y on the Savior's 
account ; everv* other is an abomination 
to him. Hence, every lodge ;^raver is 
bias: : us: it is ottered in direct dis- 

obedience to his command : it is a griev- 
ous S-ight upon the Son of his innniie 
love, a sin of enormous masnitude. 
The United States Is Not 2. Church, 
The Lodge apologizes for the omission 
of the r.^:::e ::' Christ from their rituals 
by say:::^ zl\:-.: :^ i- 110 more Christless 
in its consti:.:::::"- ' :\ is :::e Cnited 
States, since the latter nowhere mentions 
the name of Christ in its Constitution. 
nor demands of its citizens allegiance 
to his name. However, the point here 
is not well taken. The Constitution of 
the L'nited States is a professedly secu- 
lar document, in which the State must 
be honored, ar ^. fjr this the citizen gets 
good as his sufficient re- 
ward. But Masor.r.- and <jdd-Fellow- 
ship are religious : they profess to hold 
keys to eternal life, and they, in their 
omission of the only Xame whereby we 
must be saved, substitute anotlier way 
which lies under the explicit condemna- 
tion of the Lord God. This substitution 
of tlie false religion for the true is uner 
abomination to God. and any fellowship 
on the part of professing Christians with 
such svstem of error and darkness 
makes them guilt}" in the maner : they 
assume tremendous risk of the Divine 
" "easure. of which low states of spir- 
:.c..-rv- and lack of power with God are 
the ominous indications. 
Jesus Said: "Ye Are of Your Father the 

Masonr}- and T^dd-Fellowship are 
founded noon the fimdamental idea of 
the Father" of God and the Broth er- 

.n. This they teach express- 
V- - :s a dreadful mistake. Only 
by or:^;: ... const''-* - — ■ *e said 
to be our Father _. ...^. ....:. . breth- 
ren. But sin has broken this relation, 
man has become alienated from God and 
has by nature become a child of the 
Devil <i John 3:9. 10: John 8 l^ 1-44: 
Eph. 2:;^, 12 I. Restoration to our orig- 
inal estate is only through our Lord 
Jesus Christ, and Scripture peninentlv 
calls this '"adoption" i Col. i :2i-23 : Eph. 
1:5: Gal. 4:5: I John 3:11. What 
frightful error it is. then, \o hold with 
rreemasons and <Jdd-Feliows that God 
:s still the c^enign Father of all. when 
contrariwise he is the offended Judge of 
all mankind, everyone is subiect to eter- 
nal damnation if he remain in his nat- 
ural state. What a terrible mistake to 
believe that union with the lodge will 
:vre the ev::s of sin I \\"hat blasphemy 


to State tnat tneir ■nitiation supplies tne 
same subject as regeneration in re- 
ligion ! The ^CKlge man's view of the Fa- 
therhood of Goi is a most destructive 
error in that it deceives the soul in re- 
gard to his true condition and keeps him 
in the power of the Devil. Such error 
must add to make Masonry and C>dd- 
Fr'-lrv.ship the abc«minations to God 
which they are. F"."e~.- conscientious be- 
liever, concerned for the honor of the 
Savior, mav well have a feeling- of strong: 
repugnance at being mixed up with such 
company by the close ties made in these 
institutions, and should heed the com- 
mand : "Be ye not equally yoked to- 
gether with unbelievers : for what fel- 
lowship hath righteousness with unright- 
eousness - And what communion hath 
light with darkness ? And what concord 
hath Christ with Belial ? <r»r what part 
hath he that believeth with an infidel ? 
. . . for ye are the temple oi the living 
<^od. . . . Wherefore come out from 
among them, and be ye -eparate. saith 
the Lord, and touch not the unclean 
thing : and I will receive you. and will 
be a Father unto you. and ye shall t*e 
mv sons and daughters, saith the Lord 
-\lmighty'" -2 Cor. n;i4-i8L 

Committing the Sin of Balaam. 
It passes l:»eiiei that so many ministers 
of the gospel can remain in connection 
with the various secret abominations : 
that ambassadors of Christ are tacitlv 
denvins: their Master that bought then- 



August, 1916. 

as they take their seat in the congre- 
gation of the ungodly, where they have 
become intimately allied with modern 
paganism. It indicates a lowering of 
spiritual sensibility and a silencing of 
conscience which always attends the 
grieving of the Holy Spirit. "Be ye 
clean, ve that bear the vessels of the 

Ontario, N. Y. 


A certain Aerie, by vote, authorized its 
Junior Past Worthy President to attend the 
Grand Aerie Session at Spokane at the ex- 
pense of the Aerie, and a voucher check cover- 
ing the estimated amount of his expense was 
drawn in favor of the delegate. The payee 
duly cashed the check ; but he did not take 
the trip to the convention city A complaint 
w-as afterward filed with the Grand' Worthy 
President, who ordered a refund of the money. 
The Aerie then voted to draw from its Social 
Fund a sum equal to the amount advanced, 
to be deposited in the General Fund, and the 
delegate was excused from his obligation. The 
Aerie justified its action by stating that it 
wished to reward him for his former services 
as Worthy President. The Grand Worthy 
President, however, notified the Aerie that its 
action was illegal and that the Past Worthy 
President must return the sum which he had 

The law which states that the Junior Past 
Worthy President is the accredited delegate 
to the Grand Aerie, and, as such, may be 
authorized to attend its convention at the 
Aerie's expense, does not mean that the Aerie 
•may give that officer the amount of his ex- 
penses, whether he attends or not. Our laws 
give the Past Worthy President only the right 
to attend the session of the Grand Aerie — at 
the Aerie's expense if it so desires; they do 
not give him the right to receive any certain 
amount of money. In this case, the specific 
purpose for which the money was appropri- 
ated was stated on the voucher check. And 
checks authorized l^y an Aerie must be used 
in the manner indicated. Any other disposi- 
tion of the sum will constitute a misappropri- 
ation of the Aerie's funds. 

While, in general, the Social Fund of an 
Aerie can be used for anything which the 
Aerie may, by vote, order, no money belong- 
ing to the Aerie can be used to cover up or 
make good a misappropriation on the part of 
any of its officers, or to protect them in the 
commission of an improper and illegal act. 
The general power of the Grand Worthy 
President over the Order is sufficient to pre- 
vent the use of any fund of the Aerie for an 
Illegal purpose. Accordingly, the Aerie in 
•question is charged with the execution of the 
mandate for the refund of the sum advanced; 
and its disregard of the instruction will con- 
stitute an act of insubordination punishable 
tinder the law. — Eagle Magazine, July, 191(1. 


One of our esteemed readers sends 
us particulars of a lodge funeral, re- 
cently held in his community. A secret 
order furnished the preacher, who had 
been brought some distance for the pur- 
pose. He preached of heaven, and talked 
of the man, — ungodly as he had been, — 
as enjoying its happiness and splendor 
unsurpassed. They sang of the "Grand 
Lodge" above, and the assurance there- 
of to all departed members of the order. 
At the grave, the worst man in town, — 
noted for his vulgar habits and his dis- 
belief in the Bible, — came forward. He 
read from the Blessed Book, Psalm 133. 
While^ no mention was made of Jesus 
and his saving power, the idea was re- 
iterated, again and again, that the de- 
parted one was enjoying eternal bliss. 
But is there any assurance of salvation 
save in the blessed name of Christ? — 
The Gospel Messenger. 


Position of the Tennessee Synod Lutheran 
Church on Secret Societies. 

In 1883 the Synod advised all who 
may be looking to the office of the min- 
istry in connection with this body, "Not 
to associate or hold fellowship with any 
societies that practice a deistic worship 
or service. * * * as it is the sentiment of 
this Synod that such could not be re- 

Fourteen years later she declared that 
"No minister belonging to this Synod 
shall have any connection with any oath- 
bound secret society." In another reso- 
lution at the same convention we find this 
record : "This Synod earnestly requests 
that her laymen do not join secret so- 
cieties, as it considers them antagonistic 
to her confession both in spirit and in 

In 1910 these rules were codified and 
became a part of Article VI of the by- 
laws of Synod, reading: 

"Section 7. No minister belonging to 
this Synod shall have any connection 
with any oath-bound secret society." 

The term "deistic society" as used in 
this tract has reference to any lodge or 
secret society which worships God as a 
First Great Cause of all things, but re- 
jects or ignores the fact that Jesus Christ 
is His Son, and neglects, or refuses, to 

August, 1910. 


11. ■; 

give Christ's name a place in its prayers 
and in its services. 

When she set up this record she cer- 
tainly was not hunting an easy road upon 
which to travel, nor, in fact, did she take 
a popular one, for on account of this rec- 
ord which she set up some of her own 
members left her flock arid others re- 
fuse to enter it. If the matter, then, is 
so serious that some leave the flock and 
others refuse to enter it, our Synod must 
have grave and weighty reasons for her 
action, and the world, as well as her 
own membership, should be informed as 
to what they are. 

The above is the official record and it 
makes plain the will of our Synod in re- 
gard to these matters. — Lutheran Board 
of Publication, Columbia, S. C. 


A recent number of the Free Meth- 
odist contained an article on the Ku- 
Klux Klan taken from our columns. 
One of their readers sent them the fol- 
lowing reminiscence of those days of 
terror : 

"This article was interesting to me, as I was 
just twenty-four miles east of Pulaski when 
that organization was formed. I was is Ohio 
during the Civil War and my father was with 
Rosencrans' army in Tennessee, a Federal 
soldier. He liked the climate of Tennessee 
and we moved to that state in April, 1866. 
My politics, Republican, though I had not 
voted, got me into trouble with the Ku Klux 
Klan, and on one occasion at night they 
whipped me with a pistol beU and compelled 
me to solemnly swear that I would not cam- 
paign among the negroes inducing them to 
vote the Republican ticket. I took the oath 
and was compelled to kiss a book they called 
the Bible. My back was sore for three months. 
My father was treated the same way, promis- 
ing not to go to the polls on election day. 
We were all disarmed. They took three re- 
volvers from my father's home at one time, 
about midnight. I have seen three to five hun- 
dred of them at one time marching with white 
robes on the horses and white gowns or robes 
on the men. Many had lights, and they de- 
clared that they were Confederate soldiers 
that were killed at Shiloh and other battles 
and that they had come back to avenge the 
great wrong done them by the Federals, and 
all the northern men in tliese parts were 
treated unmercifully. Many were killed. One 
good man near our home was killed and his 
heart placed on a pole and raised near a bridge 
and the body filled full of rocks and sunk, 
^dso many negroes were killed and left hang- 
ing to trees. I rode into Fayetteville, Ten- 
nessee, one morning and five negroes were 
hanging to locust trees, dead. A large bunch 

brought tile negroes in and hung tlieni the 
night before. There were inscriptions pinned 
to them threatening anyone that cut them 
down is less than twenty-four hours. The 
negro folks were terror-stricken. They hid 
in caves and very seldom slept in their houses 
at night. I remember well the appeal made 
by the northern men to the {•"ederal govern- 
ment for aid and protectic^n, and well do I 
remember when Grant sent soldiers and mar- 
shals to Lincoln asd Giles counties. The in- 
vestigations revealed about what the article 
says. Of course, much of the real facts were 
suppressed. They seemed to want to drive 
out of that country every northern man that 
settled there and they did compel manv to 
leave. My father would have left, but all he 
had was invested there and he could not 
leave at that time, but we did leave just as 
soon as we could get away."" 


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Will you not send a contribution for this 
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Man}- know the blessedness of using 
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joy of such service if they would only 
get the habit. Get the habit! Xot only 
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supplied with free tracts, but send 50 
cents for a supply of assorted tracts for 
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which led to his conversion, and he led 
a multitude of others to God. A min- 
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N. C. A. tract, but that led him to free- 
dom from the lodge, to freedom in 
Christ and a worker to save others ivom 
the bondage from which he was de- 

The moment we begin to act upon our 
real convictions, to encourage within our 
minds the growth of real thoughts : to 
ask not what is popular, but what is 
right ; not what everybody does, but 
what we ought to do ; not how easily we 
can get through life, but how righteous- 
ly; in that hour we become men: nay. 
more, we become heroes. — W. J. Daw- 



August, 1916. 

3lot|n (f uinrg Aiams — ^txtl| Prt atbmtlmtf 6 i^tatfs 

[\\*e will publish from time to time, under 
this heading, extracts from the letters and 
addresses of Mr. Adams on Freemasonry. 
These were written during the great anti- 
masonic agitation, following the murder of 
\\'illiam ^Morgan by the Freemasons, and are 
a ^•ery valuable series both from a literary 
and historical standpoint.] 

Ouincy, September 22, 1831.. 

To Edward Ingersoll, Esq. 

Dear Sir — I gave you in my last letter 
a list on nine crimes, among the most 
atrocious that can be perpetrated by 
human agency, comniitted in the original 
transactions connected with what has 
been by an exceedingly inappropriate 
euphony called, the abduction and mur- 
der of William Morgan. Abduction is 
a word of lamb-like innocence com- 
pared with the ingredients of wickedness 
which composed the crime of his taking 
off. Language sinks under the effort 
to express its complicated malignity. 

These crimes I allege were committed 
by the fraternity. They wxre instigated 
by no impulse of individual passions, — 
by none of the stimulants to the ordinary 
outrages of man upon man. — by no per- 
sonal animosity,^ — by no purpose of rob- 
bery. They were the crimes of the 
craft, of wdiich the guilty agents by 
whom they were consummated were but 
the fanatical instruments. 

And here I pray you to remark that 
I have stated these crimes interrogative- 
ly. I have inquired of you whether they 
were not the crimes committed in those 
transactions, to the end that if you find 
upon inquiry that I have set them down 
incorrectly or with exaggeration, you 
may reduce them in number or in viru- 
lence to their just and well-proportioned 

I charge them upon the craft as the 
means by which public notice had been 
given beforehand that the fraternity had 
amply provided against his designs. 

In these crimes several hundreds of 
persons appear to have participated, as 
principals or accessories, before or after 
the fact. The measures were taken not 
individually, but as results of corporate 
deliberation in sundrv lodges. 

Mr. Miner, one of the most amiable 
and benevolent of men, has mistaken 
the terms of the antimasonic proposition. 

There are no doubt degrees of exaspera- 
tion of different temperature among the 
antimasons ; but I know of none dis- 
posed to hold every individual Mason 
responsible for the tragedy of Morgan's 
murder. All know that there are now, 
as there always have been, Masons 
among the most respectable and virtuous 
members of the community. But they 
belong to a vicious institution, and it is 
their duty to withdraw^ from that in- 
stitution, to abolish it, or purify it from 
its vices, oaths, penalties and secrets. 

That the institution is vicious might 
be very conclusively inferred from the 
effects disclosed in the nine crimes above 
enumerated, even if their causes were 
yet secret. But those causes have been 
-divulged. We know that every Entered 
Apprentice of Masonry has, hoodwink- 
ed and with a halter around his neck, 
administered to him an oath, the words 
of which he is required to repeat with 
his lips, never to divulge the secrets of 
the order, and binding himself by "no 
less a penalty than to have his throat 
cut across, his tongue torn out by the 
roots, and his body buried in the rough 
sands of the sea at low^-water mark, 
where the tide ebbs and flows twice in 
twenty-four hours." Morgan divulged 
these secrets, and his fate is the practical 
commentary upon the penalty. 

The oath, the penalty, the secret, and 
Morgan's corpse at the bottom on the 
Niagara River, where a shrewd brother 
of the craft "guessed he would publish 
no more books," are illustrations of each 
other which it would take much sophis- 
try to obscure, much prevarication to 
confuse. Mr. Miner has taken this oath, 
and bound himself by no less than this 
penalty. It is wise and prudent in him 
therefore not to violate the oath ; and he 
would assuredly not have been the man 
to execute the penalty upon Morgan for 
considering it a dead letter. 

But will Mr. Miner tell you that the 
penalty is, or that it is not, a dead let- 
ter? If it is, surely the oath is the same, 
and then it is mere profanity ; a taking 
of the name of God in vain ; odious in 
proportion to the disgusting solemnity 
of the form in which it is administered. 
If it is not a dead letter, what is it? 
Some of the Masons defenses allege that 

August, 1916. 



it is only an imprecation — "under no less 
a penalty than to have my throat cut" — 
a mere imprecation ! Is it not then a pal- 
tering with words in double senses? A 
penalty is not an imprecation, and to 
have the throat cut across, and the 
tongue torn out by the roots, is not ex- 
pulsion from the lodge. The substance 
of the defense is no authority existing 
in or conferred by the institution to 
carry it into execution ; and that it is a 
special charge to all Masons upon their 
admission to observe faithfully the laws 
of God and of the land. But for every 
degree of Masonry there is a separate 
oath and a diversified penalty ; and in 
some of the higher degrees it includes 
a promise to carry into effect the pun- 
ishments of the fraternity. I have heard 
of the instructions from the owner of a 
piratical cruiser to his captain, directing 
him to take, burn, sink, or destroy any 
merchant vessel of any nation that might 
fall in his way, and to dispose of the 
people on board of them so as they might 
not prove afterwards troublesome ; but 
to be specially careful not to infringe 
upon the laws of nations or of humanity. 
This man must have been a Mason of 
at least the Royal Arch degree. 
( To be continued.) 



The Wheaton Bible Conference for 
1916 is to be held. God willing, in the 
college building and grounds from Sat- 
urday, September 8th, to Sabbath, Sep- 
tember 1 6th. 

Rev. J. J. Williams is expected as 
the leading Bible teacher. Rev. E. J. 
Richards of New York is expected to 
take charge of the evangelistic service. 
Rev. and ^Irs. Moyser of India will be 
in charge of the missionary meetings. 
Mrs. Williams of St. Paul is expected 
with her husband, for the service of song 
and as a worker among women. 

Guests will be entertained at the 
Woman's Building for one dollar per 
(lav or six dollars per week, if applica- 
tion is made before September 5th. 

The one man worse than a cjuitter is 
the man who is afraid to begin. 

Your prospects are as bright as the 
])romises of God. 


What is more satisfying and cahning 
to an overburdened or distracted nund, 
than an authoritative interpretation' li 
is like a conclusive argument or an un- 
answerable proof, restful and soothing 
to the soul. Xow, at length, the censor- 
ship which characterizes one order is 
explained so that ev^en ignorant outsiders 
can find relief from wear}ing stNgian 
darkness and error inseparable from the 
doleful unitiated state, h^or tlicir Ijenetit 
we cull the following lines, found in an 
editorial article: 

"A very little effort put forth intelli- 
gently can make the good of the order 
instructive and entertaining and a plen- 
tiful source of attraction to the lodge 
membership. An almost inhnite variet\- 
of topics may be given, special talks or 
debates, under the Good of the ( )rder : 
and wide as the field of Odd-f'>llo\\- 
ship is, there is no need of any limita- 
tion to the subjects discussed. 

"It is, of course, a wholesome rule 
that withholds us from 'political sec- 
tarian, or other improper debate* ; but 
that admonition refers to wrangling and 
the irritating heat of personalities, and 
in no sense stands in the way of intelli- 
gent presentation and discussion in a 
proper spirit ; and brothers who are gen- 
tlemen (all brothers are supposed to 
be) will not in any discussion descend 
to an unworthy spirit." 

Xow that all is clear, we hasten to 
hand in a cjuestion for discussion. "T' 
the lodge is founded on the Bible, how 
can it exclude the name of our l.orcl: 
If preferred, the (juestion can 1)0 pvc- 
sented in this form: "If the lodge i- 
founded on the Bible, how can il avoid 
resting on a book including the gospels 
and other Xew Testament bcmks thnt 
are Idled with Tesus' name: .-nid how. 
if nn:il)le tc .-n'oid this, can it assume t<^ 
juit on that vcr)- name a ban:" 

The L^olden nununts in the stre:un of 
life lai^h jv'ist us <'uul we see notlum: but 
s.and : the anL-els come to visit us. and 
we onl\ know them when they are i^oue. 
■ — (ieor<:c I'.liiM. 



August, 1916 


From an authoritative editorial on 
"The \\'eak Spot," we condense a crit- 
icism of existiiig Fraternity. "We think 
that observing Odd-Fellows are very 
generally impressed with the unbusiness- 
like status of the Order's, so-termed, 
'system benevolence.' " 

"To-day, the exactness and the exact- 
ing character of business dominates, and 
gives the atmosphere to everything per- 
taining to finance. Then, it was gen- 
erously cherished as an opportunity and 
a means of helping a brother. Now, it 
is most generally regarded as an invest- 
ment : and the brother of wealth is often 
the most exacting claimant, simply from 
the lixed business habit of methodically 
looking after the debit accounts. Now, 
any systematic or unsystematic scheme 
of benefit is insurance ; and insurance 
is business ; and a strictly business basis 
is absolutely essential to any undertaking 
of insurance. Insurance and fraternity 
must be divorced. Insurance must be 
regarded as strictly business, and placed 
upon a business basis of adequate pay- 
ment insuring solvency. Fraternity, 
freed from the incubus of insurance can 
more easily keep its face turned toward 
the sunshine of the genuine spirit of 
brotherhood — the ideal of fraternal en- 


Under the caption, "Laudation of Un~ 
worthy Masons," the Masonic Chron- 
icler of Chicago remarks : "When a Ma- 
son's misdeeds become so flagrant that 
the exposure of his crookedness best 
serves the interest of the fraternity, the 
Chronicler has never hesitated to point 
them out," etc. 

A very frank statement indeed of the 
real moral standard of the lodge ! There 
is no protest against the ''crookedness" 
of Masons until it becomes so "flagrant ' 
that it hurts the lodge. A Mason can be 
as crooked as a snake's track and it 
causes no concern so long as the inter- 
ests of the lodge do not suffer. For in- 
stance, if a Mason swindles an outsider, 
that is not worthy of mention; but if he 
swindles a brother Mason, that is gross 
unmasonic conduct and would be con- 
sidered "flagrant crookedness," since it 
breaks ^^Iasonic law. This not being to 

the "best interest of the fraternity," the 
editor of the Chronicler would be ready 
to castigate the Masonic crook. If it is 
unmasonic conduct for a Mason to cheat 
a brother Mason, are we to assume that 
it is good Masonic conduct for a Mason 
to cheat one of the "profane'' ? 

Or, again, if outsiders should secure 
information of some Masonic turpitude, 
then it would "best serve the interest of 
the fraternity" for the bold editor of the 
Chronicler to "expose" it, and we have 
his word that he "never hesitates'' to 
do it! 

The question also arises as to what is 
meant by "Mason's misdeeds.'' Are they 
violations of Masonic law or of the laws 
of God and of the State? We are quite 
satisfied that the editor of the Chronicler 
is far more concerned about the break- 
ing of the Masonic law than that of any 

And so this high-sounding declaration 
of the self-confessed courageous editor 
of the Chronicler, upon analysis, is found 
to mean nothing at all. It probably 
serves its purpose, to fool the thought- 
less, of which there are a superabun- 
dance anions^ the Masons as well as in 
the other walks of life. 


A letter addressed to the Odd-Fellozvs 
Fraternal Press by the Sovereign Grand 
Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, 
speaks of the largely attended annual 
session of the grand lodge of iMaryland, 
in which "Much enthusiasm was mani- 
fested in regard to the celebration of the 
centennial of the order, which it is ex- 
pected will be held, of course, in Balti- 
more, in 1919; and action was taken for 
making arrangements for the session to 
be held that year, and for the celebration 
to be held in connection with it. This 
will doubtless be the largest gathering 
of a fraternal order ever held in any 
country." Why should he thus despair 
of there ever being a laroer one, im- 
mediately after reporting that the mem- 
bership of the Maryland jurisdiction, 
"has practically doubled since 1905.'' 
Or does he mean that the meeting will 
be bio-o-er than anv held heretofore? If 
it is, what a big thing it will be! 

August, 1916. 




When Charles Victor was shot in a 
union labor row in Angust, 1915, the 
unions brought upon themselves an in- 
vestigation which resulted in the indict- 
ment of fifty-four labor union officials. 
Of this number twenty- four were placed 
on trial and eight were released for hck 
of evidence against them. ( )f the seven- 
teen remaining the jury has found four- 
teen guilty, six of wdiom were sentenced 
to the penitentiary on terms of from one 
•to three years. Eight others were given 
hues of from hve hundred to two thou- 
sand dollars, the total in hues being $11,- 
250.00. Three of the men wdio stood 
trial were accjuitted. An interesting fact 
in connection with the trial was that three 
of the jury were Union men and other 
members of the jury had in times past 
had Union connections. It is to the 
praise of these men that they performed 
their duty as jurymen notwdthstanding 
their labor union leanings. 

The charge against the labor men was 
extortion. The Unions employed a 
wrecking crew which traveled about in 
high-powered autos in the early hours of 
the morning and smashed the plate glass 
windows of business houses where non- 
union labor had been performed or where 
the graft demands had not been paid. 
After the work of the wrecking crew, 
business agents from one of the unions 
involved would call and state the amount 
of money necessary to be paid before 
the glass could be reset. These "fines," 
as they called them, w^ere from fifty 
dollars up to several hundred dollars. 
One witness testified that he had invested 
five thousand dollars to open a restau- 
rant. He was approached by a business 
agent, wdio said he would have to pay 
$270.00 before the glass windows which 
hid been broken could be replaced. He 
refused, and was not able to get the 
glass set, and finally went into bank- 

Another witness testified that on ac- 
count of a fire in a Dutch Reformed 
church it was necessary to have it re- 
wired. When the work was read}- to be- 
gin a business agent from one of the 
electrical unions informed the pastor 
that, because the old wiring had been 
done bv non-union labor, it would cost 
$200.00 before the work could be started. 

The i^astor testiiied that he did not know 
whether the mone}' harl been paifl or not 
but that there was a shortage oi twfj hun- 
dred dollars in the church trea^ur\ that 
could not be accounted for. The church 
treasurer is said to lie a cit\ alderman 
and was out of the cit\', so wa> not .'-um- 
moncd to testif}'. Another witness tes- 
tified that Alderman lleal\- of the Eight- 
eenth, ward told him that it wotild cost 
him one himdred dollar.^ to have the glass 
in his store reset. 

Not only did the Unions carrv on a 
systematic wrecking campaign, but the\' 
prepared a blacklist wliich was sent to 
every glass dealer in the cit\'. Miss Em- 
ma Holm, a stenogra])her employed in 
the headquarters of the Painters' Dis- 
trict Council number fourteen, testified 
tliat it was her duty to prepare the week- 
ly blacklist from reports recei\ed from 
the business agents. This list consisted 
of persons "unfair to the union'' and was 
sent to all the glass dealers. The naiues 
W'Ould be taken off the list whenever the 
business agents received the promise "to 
be good." Every obstacle which could 
be thought of to dela}' the trial was used. 
Eight weeks w^ere consumed in securing 
the jury and more than two thou'^and 
three hundred veniremen were excused, 
and many of these, according to the 
judge, perjured themselves in order to 
escape jury service. Threatening letters 
were sent to the state \\itnesses and in 
one case a bomb was exploded in the res- 
taurant of a man who had testified for 
the state but a few days previou>ly. At- 
tempts were made to s])irit awa\- son\e 
of the witnesses, and one witness was 
caught in the act of signaling" to the jurx'- 
men. The trial judge and states attorney 
both confessed to ha\ing recoi\ed let- 
ters threatening^- their h'\es if t!ie indicted 
men were convicted. Man\- were intim- 
idated to such an extent that when asked 
to identif\- those with whom they had 
dealings they declared the_\ could not rec- 
ognize them. 

Certain glass lirnis were res])onsihle in 
a measiu-e for the lawless conditii^ns. as 
was shown by the testimonw fudge 
Scanlan said. speal<ing of the cowardice 
of these idass dealers: "The state should 
ha\e indicted these glass j)eople ; thcv 
shoidd ha\ e been flri\-en from the town." 
If the glass dealers had been courageous 



August, 1916. 

enough to have refused to be dictated to 
by the labor officials, the defendants 
would have been luiable to carry on their 
fraudulent practice of extortion as they 
did for man\- months. In spite of the 
obstacles the state had to overcome, the 
guilt of the indicted labor men was "tixed 
to a mathematical certainty," said Judge 
Scanlan, and there was a general re- 
joicing in the daily press that these labor 
o:rafters had been convicted. Editorial 
writers as well as the prosecutmg attor- 
ney said that the grafters did not repre- 
sent organized labor ; that they had se- 
cured their positions through the votes 
of organized labor and had used their 
power thus secured for their own benefit. 
This is no doubt true to a certain extent, 
for it was shown in the trial that the 
union had not authorized business agents 
to collect any money except such as had 
been specifically voted upon, and it was 
also shown that the money which these 
men .collected was not turned into 
the treasury. of the union. If these graft- 
ers do not represent the Labor Unions, 
then let the unions not only denounce 
them but repudiate them and cast them 
out. In this, as in other notorious union 
labor trials, the men were defended by 
able union attorneys, and no sign of dis- 
approval by the union leaders has as yet 
come to our notice. There are more 
than twenty-five indictments still pend- 
ing against five of the convicted men and 
the state's attorney says that every one 
of them will be. tried. So we need not 
long be in doubt as to whether the labor 
unions as a body wish to assume the re- 
sponsibility for the acts of these men or 
if it is going to repudiate them. 


Slight variation of form without alter- 
ation of meaning, needs to be well under- 
stood as a trap into which lodge op- 
ponents may fall. If it results from 
their own carelessness in quoting, their 
misfortune becomes a punishment. If 
it results from variations in the rituabs 
themselves as used in different jurisdic- 
tions or in different periods of time. 
it is then due to a risk against which 
thev should be guarded. This peril may 
be illustrated by supposing a lodge critic 
to be discussing its faults with an ad- 

herent, in the presence of a listener who 
knows nothing about either side of their 
question. The critic, who has read but 
one form of the Royal Arch Vitual, 
quotes disapprovingly the obligation to 
keep personal secrets — under designated 
conditions — "murder and treason not ex- 
cepted." 'T have never taken or heard 
that oath!" exclaims the member of the 
degree. As to the form of words, he 
speaks truly; for in the jurisdiction in- 
cluding his lodge the phrase employed is, 
"without exception." Nevertheless, that 
phrase connotes the same terms ; since in 
successive degrees beginning at the third 
and leading on toward this seventh one, 
the w^ords "Murder and treason ex- 
cepted" have never been wanting. It is 
true, that the member has never heard 
the Royal Arch oath in the identical 
words quoted ; yet it is none the less 
true, that the quotation is correct. Ignor- 
ing the essence of his obligation, the 
denier of its realitv takes refuge in its 
verbal form, seeking there an evasive 
relief for overstrain of conscience. The 
listener regards his authoritative denial 
as discomfiture. He becomes interested 
in Masonry, instead of repelled. Such 
is liable to be the outcome of an honest 
effort made with insufficient preparation. 
However, if our friend knows the fact 
named in the heading of this short ar- 
ticle, he can reply next time: "It may 
be that in your lodge the form of the 
obligation is so varied that what you say 
is true, while not so true to essence as 
to mere form. Everywhere, and in some 
way expressly. Royal Arch Masonry 
cancels for its own seventh degree the 
exception named in preceding ones." 


In order to avoid tantalizing our read- 
ers with a glimpse of what they have 
missed, we shall take care that the fol- 
lowing, culled from recently ])ublished 
( ). E. news, does not lie carelessly around 
where the foreman of the composing 
room can get his copy-grasping hands on 

''Monday, April 3, the Odd-Eellows 

and Rebekahs of Roosevelt gave a social 

evening to the members of the lodges 

. At the usual hour a fine lunch 

was served, followed by a dance." 

August, 1916. 



The members of the Geneva Rebekah 
lodge of Long I'rairie entertained last 
month with an excellent program and 
supper^ following the regular session of 
the lodge. . . . I^^ollowing the pro- 
gram, a sumptuous supper was served ; 
and the evening was complejed with a 
social session of cards." 

"An enjoyable affair of Wednesday 
night, April 12, was the entertainment 
given by the Excelsior Rebekah lodge. 
No. 59, of West Duluth, for members of 
the fraternity, and of the Odd-Fellows' 
lodge, and their families, in Odd- Fel- 
lows' temple, North Central avenue, that 
was largely attended. A program was 
followed by an informal dance and so- 
cial evening. A feature of the program 
that was much enjoyed, was a comedy 
sketch entitled, 'The Horse-Whipping 
of a Dramatic Critic,' in which the wrong 
person got the whipping, leading to a 
number of amusing complications and 
ludicrous situations." 

"Tw^o hundred and tifty Odd-Fellows 
and their friends attended the dance and 
card party held at the Odd-Fellows' tem- 
ple last evening to commemorate the 
26th anniversary of the organization of 
Superior lodge. No. 338. The large hall 
was given over to the dancers, and cards 
were played in the small halls. .At mid- 
night, supper was served by the ladies of 
the Superior Star Rebekah lodge. Dan- 
cing continued until 2 o'clock." 


The IVatchman-Examiner is at least 
partly right when it says: "There are 
plenty of inactive Christians who never 
saw the inside of a lodge room. They 
are constitutionally inactive, and not 
even their faith in Jesus has overcome 
this defect. But when men and women 
are thoroughly active in lodges and other 
organizations, yet inactive in church life, 
we cannot excuse them. Why will they 
not use for Jesus, the activities they use 
so admirably in maintaining and promot- 
ing these secular bodies?" 

Some of us who have "seen tlie inside 
of a lodge room" would strongly endorse 
a repentant activity for Jesus in sub- 
stitution for alliance with his enemies. 
In the church, its members can promote 
freedom of worship and of moral ac- 
tivity ; in the lodge, they promote Deism, 

together with i)rincii)les irreconcilaljlc 
with Christian morals. In the clnirch 
they are set free from inhibition, so 
that they can now offer their pra\ers 
together in Jesus' name. In tlu- church 
they are nowise linked with criminals, 
so as to be led captive ])y Satan at his 
will under the guise of conscientious ful- 
fillment of sworn alliance with wicked 
men. The religious paper speaks the 
mind of many of us who cannot deny 
that we have seen "llie inside of a lodge 
room," barring the phrase "so arlmir- 


Having borrowed the heading of the 
first article in a recent issue of an Odd- 
Fellow periodical, we also copy the first 
paragraph. Its author is a woman great- 
ly interested in the Rebekah lodge and 
deeply anxious on its behalf. Her in- 
terest and anxiety come immediatel}' to 
light in these opening words: "Xine- 
tenths of the lodges of our land are 
wrestling with this plague of lodge work 
with varying results. If we could only 
keep up the interest, keep our members 
interested enough to come out. it would 
not be so hard for the faithful few to 
keep the watch-fires burning on the altar 
of Friendship, Love and Truth. Just 
how to do this. I frankly confess I do 
not know. Aly paper, therefore, will 
have to be largel}- suggestive/" 

Without tracing the course of sugges- 
tions in detail, we proceed with a sug- 
gestion or two of our own that relate to 
the reason why such as she offers are 
needed. First, we turn to the person- 
alty of the a g g r e g ate membership. 
Massed as a unit to be examined, what 
does it show interest in o u t s i d e of 
lodges? Starting with the third "link," 
as it is c'dlcd. are these joiners, else- 
where, a class studious of "truth"? What 
grade of news|)cipers. what sort of mag- 
azines, do the)- prefer to read ? What 
kind of books do the\' cliielly draw 1 rom 
the ]nil)lic library? In the answer to 
sucli (jucstions relating to their outside 
interest in truth lies the ke\' to the prob- 
lem of truth as related to inlei'e-t in-^ide 
the lodge. Second, we ttirn to the K^dge 
itself, as fre(|tiented by the people whose 
interest is desired. If the\- are ur^eiU 
seekers \ov truth, what is the product 



August, 1916. 

of their lodge quest? Such people as 
we now assume them to be. cannot listen 
forever to platitudes and be interested. 
How much more of truth than platitudes 
and commonplaces, is the lodge provid- 
ing in order to tire their interest? How 
many even of these? What does it add 
to previous knowledge, or what does it 
teach better than it is taught outside the 
lodge? Perhaps it would excite interest 
in a lodge meeting, if truth about prac- 
tical opposition to Christian truth, and 
about ignorant or hypocritical assump- 
tions in place of what is warranted by 
facts, should for once be spoken plainly. 
To make clear discrimination between 
solid truth and inflated error, is apt to 
be interesting anywhere ; and it would be 
peculiarly so in a three-link lodge, male 
or female. 


Mr. Wm. Smeltzer died at his home in 
Oberlin, Pennsylvania, June 21st, 1916, 
aged seventy-six years. Thus ended the 
earthly sojourn of one consecrated to 
the Master's service. He contributed 
liberally in money and faithful service to 
the church of his choice. His prayers 
and faith were united in his deeds. He 
bore faithful testimony to his convictions 
and was esteemed and respected by the 
Christians who knew him. Many an up- 
lift has the writer found in prayer and 
conversation with him in his home. For 
many years he has read and prized the 
Cynosure, joining in the proclamation of 
truth there found. He suffered much, 
but was ready and glad when the sum- 
mons came to be with Christ, his Lord. 
Providence favored me so that I was 
able to meet with the friends in attend- 
ance at his funeral. Bishop D. M. Lan- 
dis presented some very appropriate 
truths suggested by Job s :26. 

W. B. Stoddard. 

Did you ever hear of a man who had 
striven all his life faithfully and singlv 
toward an object and in no measure ob- 
tained it? If a man constantly aspires, 
is he not elevated? Did ever a man try 
heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, 
and find that there was no advantage in 
them — that it was a vain endeavor? — 

Ileto0 of ^ur Porfe> 


The Ohio Conference of the National 
Christian Association is to be held in 
the Wesley an Methodist church, Canton, 
Ohio, Thursday and Friday, August loth 
and nth, 191 6. There will be four ses- 
sions, the first beginning at 7 130 p. m. 
Thursday. Morning, afternoon and eve- 
ning sessions will be held on Friday. 
The Wesleyan Methodist church is lo- 
cated at No. 226 Sixth St., S. E., one 
block from Market Street. 

Rev. W. B. Stoddard is arranging what 
is expected to be an interesting program. 
A large attendance of the friends is in- 
vited. Those expecting to attend, or 
wishing programs, should write Secre- 
tary Stoddard at 226 Sixth St., S. E., 
Canton, Ohio. • 


Field Agent Mead A. Kelsey is labor- 
ing in the State of Michigan, chiefly 
among the Christian Reformed churches 
located in the country districts. These 
churches were not visited during Rev. 
Mr. Kelsey's previous visit in Michigan 
on account of the difficulty of getting to 
them in the winter. 


June 16, 19 1 6. 

My Dear Brother : 

Your letter, in addition to the tracts, 
came to me, and I am glad to write you 
that my attitude is one of fullest sym- 

In my work as an evangelist, I never 
fail to le^ve my testimony in every town 
on the evil of the lodges. I have a ser- 
mon, ''The Difference Between the 
Church and the Lodg^e." It never fails 
to draw the fire of the enemy. God has 
so graciouslv given me the truth that I 
have an arsenal that is full to overflow- 
ing with ammunition. A recent victory 
in one town brought seven out of their 
secret societies. One was a Mason and 
K. of P. He was a Baptist pastor. 

Any time I can be of service to you 
in vour conventions, let me strike a blow 
at the enemy of our Lord and Master. 
Wm. Mattew Holderby, Evangelist. 

Grass Valley, Calif. 

August, ]!)!' 



National (EIirtBttan AsBonattnu (Spttpral ©ffirpra 




Vice President. 


Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer. 


Rcciuding Secretarv. 





I ±.G:tor. 

To ihe Tabernacle Eapiist Church. 
Seattle. AA'ashington. 

Dear Brethren ; Greetings. In hand- 
ing you my church letter. I am also ask- 
ing where the Tabernacle Baptist church 
stands in regard to the practice of sacri- 
lege, false sv\-earing and other sinful con- 
duct, such as is practiced in the ^Masonic 
lodge and of which many Baptists o^* 
this citv are sjuiltv. both ministers and 

Does the Tabernacle church approve 
or disapprove of such conduct, and is her 
pulpit open or closed to ministers who such things ? Y'our brother in 
Christ. P. A. Kleix. 

May 3d. 1916. 

To the Readers of the Cyxosurz. 

Greetings : The above letter vrill ex- 
plain itself, and as my letter wss not re- 
ceived bv the church, the question sug- 
gested i:-elf to m.e : ■■V\T'!at would your 
church do if you put her to the test?" 

The tim.e has come when all who love 
Tesus Christ in sincerity should show 
their colors by obeying the \\'ord of God 
against this modern idolatry that has 
eaten its way into the church. If we 
are Christ's true vritnesses. then let ac- 

tion speak, for it speaks louder than 

The church is being betrayed <ind 
throttled by tne members of secret' so- 
cieties who are in it. It is hisrh time for 
the church to know who really love 
Christ by a separation from those things 
which rend her in twain, that cause strife 
and division, that destroy her unity and 
disturb her peace. Xo true Christian 
would knowingly spread firebrands in 
the Church of Christ for the sake of 
feliowshiping the unbelieving world, 
neither will any true Christian see his 
Christian brother turned away from the 
church in order that lie himself may re- 
main in the lodge. Jesus said. AMiy call 
ye me Lord and do not the things that 
I say ? \A'e. therefore, owe it to our- 
selves as true Christians : we owe it to 
others as faithful brethren, and we owe 
it to Chris: as our real Lord, to obey 
the JJ^ord of God against this disorderly 
conduct as enjoined upon tis in 2 Thess. 
3 :6. which reads : "Xow we command 
you. brethren, in the name of our Lord 
Tesus Christ, that ye withdraw your- 
selves from every brother that walketh 
disorderly, and not after the tradition 
which he received of us." 

This verse is worthy of very prayer- 
ful consideration by all who believe the 
Bible to be the Word of God. It is a 
command, and is so stated". It is given 
in the name of our Lord Tesus Christ. 
and it can be obeyed only by our z^'ith- 
draziing from the brother n-ho Zvolks dis- 
orderly. Let others do what they may. 
the question is what will you do? 

Has the reader obeyed this command 
in the \\'ord of God ? Does he intend to 
obey it ? And what is the church going 
to do with her members who thus obey 
the Word of God? Is she going to turn 
out all who obey the Bible and retain 
those who disobey it. or will it be z-ice 
zersa:^ It is time that you and your 
church go on record in this thing. \\*hat 
would vour church do? 

P. A. Kleix. 

i_ii- E. Columbia St.. Seattle. Wash. 



Let me add to your discussion on 
loesses. Y'ears asro I joined one of the 

August, 1916. 



largest and most influential in the world, 
and by observation and experience I 
have learned: i. That this lodge, at 
least, gives good ethical teaching. 2. 
That there is nothing un-American in 
its teaching. 3. That there is nothing 
directly antagonistic to my religion in its 
teaching. But I have learned also that : 

1. It does not, in its written ritualistic 
teaching, nor secret teaching as well, 
mention Jesus Christ, the lost condition 
of men, the doctrine of repentance 
toward God^ and faith in the Lord Jesus 
Christ, or that men need salvation 
through the grace of Jesus Christ. 

2. I have learned that there are thou- 
sands of men, who are relying upon 
their lodge vows and obligations for 
salvation. 3. That lodges divert much 
energy and money from the legitimate 
work of the church. 4. That lodges 
tolerate and encourage worldliness that 
is not compatible with good Christian 
living. 5. That the influence of lodge 
life is to make men clannish in their 
lives and narrow in their outlook. 
6. Beyond all cavil blasphemers, unbe- 
lievers and materialists in great numbers 
belong to all the lodges, and we are ad- 
monished "not to be unequally yoked 
together with unbelievers." For these, 
and some other reasons, were I a young 
Christian, I would not seek fellowship 
with any lodge, but give my life and 
influence to the church of God only. 
Mendocino, Cal. — The Pacific Baptist. 


The General Synod of the Reformed 
Presbyterian church which met in the 
fore part of June in Chicago sent a 
memorial to Evangelist William A. Sun- 
day, setting forth the un-Christian char- 
acter of the lodge and entreating him 
to "lift a warning voice" in his evan- 
gelistic work against the lodge system. 

Editor Cynosure — The July number of 
the Cynosure announces that I have been 
elected as a corporate member of the 
National Christian Association. All 
right, I consider it an honor to be closely 
associated with such men in 'such ^ 
cause. If membership imposes any spe- 
cial duties, I shall be glad to know what 
they are. I am willing to do all T can 
to help destroy the most dangerous 

enemy of Christianits , namel\ , the Se- 
cret Lodge System. 

If I did not know the situation it 
would amaze me to note what eas\- game 
the churches are for Satan through his 
man trap, his church traj) : the .Secret 
Lodge System. The lodge is the "anti- 
Christ" of OUT time, and yet the church 
hugs it to its l)()som. I-)y reas(jn of the 
comjM'omising fellowshi]) of the church 
with the lodge, unbelievers, whetlier 
Jews or Mohammedans or common in- 
fidels, moral or immoral, ha\-e a right io 
believe that they can be saved aside from 
Christ and his atonement. The "lodge 
Christian" surrenders the whole conten- 
tion between Christianity and unl)elief. 
Some one protests ? Then he can never 
attend a Masonic funeral. "But the lodge 
man must believe in one God."" Yes? 
James treats the matter quite eft'ectively 
in James 2:19. It would greatly help 
the cause of the National Christian As- 
sociation if lodge men would fellow the 
good example of the Beroeans and in- 
C|uire of the Scriptures whether these 
things are so, the things said by tlie Na- 
tional Christian Association people. "My 
people are destroyed for lack of knowl- 
edge!" So then, so now\ 

Bv the way, there is a strong note of 
endorsement of the National Christian 
Association in the United Presbyterian 
of June 28, ic}i6. But why did not it 
ask our people to encourage our own 
United Presbyterian church to mike 
good in its credal opposition lo lodges? 
Y^es, why not? Rev. J. R. Millix. 


July 12. \()\C\ 
Dear Brother Phillips: 

Since I last wrote you 1 ha\c been 
holding revival meetings in the countrx 
and street meetings almost evcr\ week 
God is wonderfully blessing the work 
T just closed very successful meetings 
at Xigh, Kentucky. People came from 
six and eight miles on horseback to them. 
Some came otU for dod and were UilK 

Tt is wonderful how ("jod hel]>e(l me to 
preach the Word and denounce sin in 
low and high places. The lodge ([ues- 
tion was ftill\- discussed and men and 
women were made to tremble in the 
niightv nower of ("i(m1. To him be all 



August, 1916. 

the praise. 1 have long since found that 
it pays to mind C^od in even- particular. 

During- a conversation with a lodge 
man we were speaking of the condition 
of the Masonic lodge. The greatest sin- 
ners and law violators of that town are 
affiliated with the lodge and they use it 
for almost every purpose. \\& were 
speaking of a man who is indicted for 
debattching a young girl, a daughter of 
his brother ]\Iason. They have had this 
case before the lodge time and again, en- 
deavoring to oust this fellow, but so far 
they have failed, for not only is he a 
very prominent man commerciallv. but 
the other member is as corrupt as he. 
They have among their number a preach- 
er who claims to teach Holiness and is a 
strong advocate of the lodge. \Mien 
one of his brethren dies, even though an 
infidel, he attempts to preach him into 
heaven. And so we talked of how rot- 
ten his lodae was and how manv had 
left it on account of it being impossible 
to bring a clean thing out of an unclean 
thing. I said to him that I had a remedy 
to suggest whereby he might get rid of 
this lodge brother. I said : "You can 
get him in the lodge, knock him in the 
head, and have your preacher to preach 
him into heaven." He laughed and said 
that was about the on!}- way to get rid 
of him. 

Praise God. He is keeping me in the 
firing line in the midst of the legion of 
demons, and I am more determined to 
obey God than ever before. 

]^Iay the Lord' God of all grace abun- 
dantly bless and keep you and all the 
Cvxo-^URE famil}-. \Yhat a great work 
}-ou are all engaged in I God is with you. 
and if you are faithful until the end 
He will see ^-ou throush. 

A. D. Clixe. 

Pikeville, Kentuckv. 

A letter from the state secretary of the 
Xebraska Christian Association speaks 
of the good work being accomplished 
there throtigh literature. Two copies of 
''ATodern ."Secret Societies'" were mailed 
him to assist him in his good work. He 
writes : "Cjne ^Mason has alread} left 
the lodge." 

^Ye hope that those who have an inter- 
cessory prayer list in which the Associa- 

tion and its workers are mentioned will 
not fail to remember the Xebraska State 
Secretary, for Satan will give his per- 
sonal attention to men wlio will not cease 
from warning people against the Secret 
Lodge System. 

B. M. HOLT. 

"On account of the duties and respon- 
sibilities of the Lodge Secretary, that 
office is practically the most important 
in the local lodge," says the Canadian 
JJ^oodnian for ]\Iay, 1916; and it was 
this office that B. M. Holt held in the 
^Masonic Lodge of Barnesville. Minn., 
for three full terms. 

The interests of the Iowa State As- 
sociation are being looked after quite 
vigorously by the state office at the pres- 
ent writing. Rev. A. H. Brat is work- 
ing in the interest of the coming state 
convention at Sheldon which will be 
held on October 17th and i8th. He 
writes from Sioux Center, Iowa. 

If anv have not yet made a contribu- 
tion for the expense of the work in 
Iowa, they mav send it to th.e treasurer 
of the state. Rev. A. H. Brat, Otley, 
Iowa, or mail it directly to the Cynosure 

Ansaist. U'lH. 





My last report was written from Phil- 
adelphia. After finishing my work there 
I went on to Xew England, continuing 
my endeavor to raise funds, which are 
much needed for the further prosecution 
of the field work. On this trip I had 
the privilege of addressing the Xew Eng- 
land "^'early Meeting of Friends at \'as- 
salboro, Maine, and also of giving ad- 
dresses at four other points, two of which 
had been former pastorates of mine. One 
was the former pastorate of my brother 
Edward, who is a foreign missionary, but 
is now in the homeland on account of 
the "Teat war. All of these addresses. 
I believe, were well received and did 
positive good. In one instance that came 
to my knowledge a young married man 
and new member of the church was 
saved from joining the ^lasons ; but the 
larger benefit we may never know. We 
sow the seed and God gives the increase. 
We leave it with Him. It is. however, a 
satisfaction to believe that God has used 
these addresses and sermons to the sav- 
ing oi many from the darkness of lodg- 

In a financial way my trip was disap- 
pointing. Some money, however, was 
given by sympathizing friends. For 
some reasons funds have not come as 
readily this year for the support of the 
work as in years past, and they were 
never needed more. 

After my eastern trip and a brief stop 
home I went to ^Michigan, where I was 
received so cordially last winter, placing 
myself again at the service of the Chris- 
tian Reformed churches in that section. 
But I had scarcely reached the field when 
I received a telegram informing me of 
the death by drowning of two nephews, 
the only sons of my brother. Prof. W. I. 
Kelsey of Oskaloosa. Iowa. This over- 
whelming calamity led me to cancel im- 
mediate engagements and hasten to the 
stricken family. Leaving Holland in the 
evening, I hoped to catch the 1 1 :oo p. m. 
train on the Burlington at Chicago, which 
would bring me to Oskaloosa the next 
forenoon, btit this hope was blasted, as 
the Michigan train was thirty minutes 
late at Holland, and there was no pros- 
pect of making the time up. The only 
other hope was that I might catch the 

California mail on the Chicago & North- 
western, leaving Chicago at 1 1 :20. But 
the Michigan train kept losing time until 
it seemed that there was no hope, hu- 
manly speaking. Then came the thoui^dit 
that this was one of the times when it 
would be convenient to be a Mason, if 
^lasonic influence could help me make 
my connections. Nevertheless I did not 
want it. but took myself to prayer. God 
knew the situation, and He was able to 
hold a train that I might reach those who 
needed me so much. 

Then I had another interview with the 
conductor and asked if he would tele- 
phone the Northwestern road and ask 
them to hold the train a few minutes for 
me. and to this he agreed. \\'e reached 
Chicago about ii:i8. only two minutes 
before the other train ten blocks away 
should leave. I rushed out. took a taxi- 
cab and was ofif. In an incredibly short 
time we were before the Northwestern 
station and I rushed by the guard, who 
permitted me to pass without a ticket. 
and reached the train. The conductor 
asked : "Are you the man we are hold- 
ing the train for? Get right on." and 
immediatel}' we were moving out. .\nd. 
O. if I ever praised God. I did then ! It 
was so good of him and of the railroad 
oiificials whose hearts he touched. Surely 
our God does help in time of need, and 
my soul shall make her boast in him. 
Had it been a Mason who through the 
"Alystic Tie" had succeeded in detaining 
a train on a irreat trunk line, how he 
would have boasted of it to his brethren 
and friends! But. verily. "It is better 
to trust in the Lord than to put cx:>nfi- 
dence in man. It is better to trust the 
Lord than to put confidence in princes." 

The sad ministry, yet joyous because 
of hope in the Lord, being accomplished, 
I am now on ni}- way back to take up the 
work so suddenly dropped in Michigan, 
^lay I not ask the prayers of those who 
know the Lord, for guidance at a critical 
time ? 



I find there are many tent meetings, 
camp meetings, and conferences demand- 
ing the attention of friends in this sec- 
tion. but after consultation with the 



August, 1916. 

State President. Rev. A. W. Harrold. 
of Columbiana, and Rev. L. H. ]\IcLie- 
ster. pastor of the \\ esleyan Methodist 
church of Canton, and others, it was de- 
cided to have our midsummer Confer- 
ence this year in the \\'esleyan Meth- 
odist church in Canton on August loth 
and nth. This church is near the Cen- 
ter Square and very conveniently located 
for our gathering. It is hoped that many 
of the friends in the eastern part of the 
state will attend. Canton is a great se- 
cret society center and much light is 
needed on antisecrecy lines. Our pro- 
gram is not yet fully developed, but I 
trust it will be in print by the time this 
CvxosuRE reaches you. Will not our 
Ohio friends write letters of cheer to this 
Conference ? We hope to make the 
usual preparations for entertainment for 
all who shall attend from a distance. 
Those contemplating coming will kindly 
write to me at once at 226 Sixth St., 
Canton, Ohio. 

My meetings during the past month 
have been in ATrginia, Pennsylvania and 
Ohio and have been attended with usual 
interest. A lady at Oakton, Va., said, 
"I want to shake hands with you. I 
have a son nineteen years of age who 
works in a store with secret society peo- 
ple and they tried to get him into their 
lodge. They almost succeeded, but since 
you lectured here last winter on that 
rainy night, he has said nothing more of 
wanting to join the lodge. I am so 
thankful you had that meeting!" There 
are many evidences that our seed sowing 
is not in vain. Eternity alone will reveal 
the number kept from the lodge snare 
by the timely lectures, tracts or the per- 
sonal word of advice. 

My morning address yesterday was in 
the Central church of the Brethren, 
near Louisville, Ohio. In the evening I 
spoke in the Mennonite mission church 
in Canton. 

A week was spent with profit looking 
after our interests in York and Lan- 
caster counties, Pennsylvania. The Ohio 
work will require my attention for the 
month to come, I judge. I trust all the 
friends w-ill pray for the success of the 
Ohio conference and aid by attendance 
if possible or by prayers and contribu- 


I went to St. Louis on June the loth 
where I received the tracts. There was 
a fifteen day meeting in progress which 
gave me a chance to speak and give out 
tracts. The church was filled with peo- 
ple, both black and white. I also taught 
a lesson every morning to the women. 
The tracts and the Lodge Lamps were 
eye openers. Some spoke to me person- 
ally and said that they did not know that 
anyone was opposing the lodges and 
that the more I exposed them, the great- 
er the crowds would be. Men especially 
would lean forward in their seats so as 
to catch every word I said. 

I visited the Tabernacle Baptist 
church and heard the minister fighting 
the secret work of the Devil. He said 
that people are tied up in this idolatry ; 
that we negroes try to put our lodges 
in the church and education ahead of the 
worship of God in heaven. 

I find that God is showing his people 
the work of the Devil everywhere. Many 
who did not receive any tracts would ask 
me for them. Men and women were 
stirred. They believe that God is angry 
with his people and that he is bringing 
trouble and war on account of their sin. 

I left St. Louis on the twentieth of 
June and came home to a big tent meet- 
ing in Little Rock. There I gave out 
tracts and had another opportunity to 
speak to the white congregation and the 
Lord wonderfully used his servant to 
show the sin of the secret work of the 
Devil. I said to them that the secret 
lodge is what is damning this country, 
and that all the secret works are of men. 
I then gave out tracts and the next day 
I saw some torn to pieces and lying 
on the ground under the tent, but most 
of them were carried home. Some peo- 
ple will not even accept a tract which 
they know is against the lodges. 

Elder Crockett was present at the 
meeting. He had been very sick for 
two or three days, and I can not say 
now how he is as he was quite sick when 
I left there. 

I lectured at Hot Springs, Arkansas, 
last night to a crowded house. I told 
their secrets and asked the Masons to 
show me Jubela, Jubelo, and Jubelum in 
the Bible. The men winked at each 


August, 191(i. 



other and laughed. The sister with 
whom I am staying is a member of two 
lodges. I gave her some tracts this 
morning and started to show her that 
lodge worship was idol worship. She 
said, "Yes. Sister Roberson, I begin to 
see that it is wicked and now since I 
see the light, I know that it is wrong." 
She belongs to the Court of Kalanthan, 
which is equal to the K. of P. She said: 
"We get on our knees and swear to be 
stricken with leprosy if we divulge the 
secrets or fail to help our sisters when 
in trouble. The brothers are sworn to 
protect the women. They will leave a 
brother at the lodge and one will go to 
his house and tell his wife that he is her 
protector during her husband's absence, 
and 'what is good for my brother is 
good enough for me.' And so they sep- 
arate man and wife." I asked her if 
they really did such things, she said, 
"Indeed they do, and I will never put 
my foot in the hall again since you have 
shown me by the Word of God that it is 
idolatry." She told me of one of her 
friends who^ was converted a few days 
ago and came out of the lodge. She was 
asked why she did this and she said that 
the Lord had shown her that it was a 
sin to live in the lodge. From this we 
see that God is going to get his own 
children out of the Devil's trap. I thank 
God for helping me to help this sister 
to come out of darkness. Yours for 
Jesus, Lizzie Rqiberson. 


After Mrs. Lizzie Woods Roberson 
had finished her Bible lectures at Eu- 
faula, Oklahoma, the lodge men scared 
and threatened those who had bought 
rituals from her, and compelled them to 
give up their books. 

One friend of Mrs. Roberson writes 
from Eufaula, "Some lodge men tried to 
get all of the tracts by force and send 
them to their lodge headcjuarters. TUit, 
thank God, the people heard the Word 



Although Mrs. Davidson is still ver\ 
sick, I have put in a busy month. 
I have preached at the fohowing 
churches in this cit^' : St. Peter, Rev 

C. Kane, [Jaslur ; Lraelile, Rev. A. J. 
Thomas, pastor; St. John Divine, Rev. 
A. Smith, pastor; St. Marks l'\)urth, 
Rev. Jackson Acox, pastor; Mount 
Salem, Rev. J. R. Townzel, pastor: liell 
P)ranch, Rew R. W'atscjn, pastor; Broad- 
way, -Rev. H. C. Johnson, pastor; Ply- 
mouth Rock, Rev. A. A. Carter, pastor, 
and Triumpli, Rew Joseph Morehead, 
pastor. I^acli church made a small dona- 
tion. 1 also secured fifty-six Cynosure 
readers. I have made 380 house to house 
visits in wliich 1 read the r»iljle, discussed 
the lodge and kindred evils and visited 
and prayed for a dozen sick people. 

There are 100,000 negroes in Xew 
Orleans and 500 difTerent secret lodges 
and benevolent orders among them with 
new ones springing up like mushrooms 
every week. On every hand you hear 
general complaints of hard times, but if 
you should keep tab on the number of 
buckets and pitchers carried every day 
in and out of the saloons from seven 
in the morning until eleven o'clock at 
night in every section of the city and 
notice the number of negro lodge and 
club parades every Sabbath and some 
times during the week days witli bands 
of music, gaudy uniforms, expensive re- 
galias, carriages and decorated automo- 
biles, truly you would be persuaded that 
money flows plentifully with these peo- 
ple. But on the other hand, go into 
many of their homes and see the dire 
poverty and want there; the half fed. 
half naked, women and children with 
alcoholic swollen eyes and your heart 
will melt with sympathy- 
There are very few churches that can 
muster out more than two dozen to pray- 
er meeting or to week night services. 
Some of the churches have abandoned 
their prayer services altogether and are 
dependent upon lodge sermons and sen- 
sations to gather a congregation. Some 
of the noted sensationalists are using the 
most catchy and meaningless titles such 
as "The Royal lUue r.ird," "Sun^lii'^' 
Money," "The Black Angel." "(n-oaning 
Smith," "The Lightning Skij)per" and 
others which are actually profane. These 
men are hiirh lodge dignitaries and their 
lack of knowledge of the ScriiUures is 
made up in tlieir knowledge of grips, 
signs. I'ass words, and profane lodge 
(^aths and ol)liL;ations. Well savs tb.'^ 



August, 1916. 

Scriptures. "^ly people are destroyed 
for lack of knowledge." These are blind, 
leaders of the blind and dumb dogs that 
can not bark. They deceive and are be- 
ing deceived into every conceivable snare 
of the Devil and are preparing them- 
selves for the great day of wrath. Oh, 
how can such deceivers and seducers 
escape the damnation of hell ! 

There are both ministers and lodge- 
men here who are determined, if pos- 
sible, to prevent me from getting a pas- 
torate, but thank God, he has a faithful 
few here who have not bowed the knee 
to Baal. 

I have called on our old friend and 
veteran of the cross, Rev. Isaac H. Hall, 
who has been pastor of Morris Brown 
Congregational church for forty years. 
Brother Hall recognized me at once, al- 
thought we had not met for twenty- 
iive years. He grasped my hand and 
we talked about President Jonathan 
Blanchard, Rev. H. H. Hinman, Rev. 
J. P. Stoddard, Rev. L. N. Stratton, and 
Rev. J. Franklin Brown, all of whom 
he had known- personally. Although 
nearly eighty years of age, Brother Hall 
is still strong and vigorous and is as 
staunch in his lodge opposition as he was 
forty years ago. He readily subscribed 
for the Cynosure and invited me to 
preach for his people. . 

I am yours for righteous living. Pray 
for me. 


The following is an extract from a 
letter from a pastor in the South, who, 
with three others, is holding up the stand- 
ard under difficulties : 

"Work against lodges down here is a 
very difficult task. There has never been 
any opposition to secret orders in this 
part of the country until recently and 
they feel that no one has a right to op- 
pose them. 

"1 was pastor of the M. E. Church 

South at last year, and because 

I was not in sympathy with the lodge 
they did everything that satanic ingenuity 
could resort to, to ruin my life. They 
preferred charges against me before my 
annual conference, in which they ac- 
cused me of lying. There were four 
who signed the charges and the bishop 
appointed three Masons on the examin- 

ing committee, but notwithstanding all 
their black, ungodly schemes, I was ex- 
onerated and the bishop moved me to 
another field. They (the Masons) fol-^ 
lowed me and tried to do me all the 
harm possible. 

"I am leading the little antilodge move- 
ment in this part of the country and they 
hate me above all men. There are only 
four of us trying to do something, and 
most of the people think we are a set 
of fools. What money we put into lit- 
erature is given to the cause. We never 
get a cent for anything we put out. We 
have put about a dozen copies of "Mod- 
ern Secret Societies" into the hands of 
the different individuals since last fall, 
besides the leaflets and tracts. Some of 
the literature we give away is not even 
read. The four who are with me in this 
fight are all poor men. 

"You will please excuse this letter, but 
I felt that I wanted to give you an idea 
of what we are doing and how hard the 
work is in ." 

President Blanchard spoke on the 
lodge question on June 2ist before a 
full house in the United Brethren church 
at Mt. Carroll, 111. He expects to begin 
his conference work in Boston about the 
first of August. The New York Confer - 
ence will follow, if God please, and 
thereafter a conference near Cleveland, 
Ohio, which will be followed by a second 
Ohio conference. Then will come the 
Cedar Lake Conference in Indiana and 
the Wheaton Conference in Wheaton. 
This is purposely placed immediately be- 
fore the fall opening of Wheaton Col- 
lege so that students who are coming for 
September 17th, may, if they choose, ad- 
vance their arrival ten days and enjoy 
the conference. 

Thei National Christian Association 
has done a wonderful work in this age 
and I heartily sympathize with it in all 
its responsible undertakings and ask God 
to richly bless you, and I will give my 
active support in so far as my physical 
abilities justify. 

Clifton, Texas. B. M. Holt. 

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that you have missed the mightier woe 
of having committed the offense. 

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What of That? poem 129 

The Universal ReHgion 129 

Late Hours of Lodges — The Nezvs, In- 
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K. of C. Raise Salaries 130 

Probably a Hibernian 130 

K. of P. Assessment Raises Held Legal.. 130 

A Threefold Indictment of Secret Orders, 
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Masonic Intrigue in Buenos Ayres 135 

Tribe of Ben Hur 135 

The Corner Stone and Its Message, by 
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Sherman Calls Gompers Public Nuisance — 

Chicago Herald 136 

Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Valley 137 

The Union's Revenge — Chicago Tribune. .138 

The Bible and the Lodge (concluded), by 
President C. A. Blanchard .- 139 

Woodmen of the World Split, by B. M.- 
Holt r 142 

The 'Phone Bell— Newark News 142 

John Quincy Adams, Letters of.. 144 

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The Railroad Crisis 145 

"Religion Humanized" 146 

Shocking Irreverence .147 

"Acme of Perfection" Improvable 147 

Limited Benefit Period . . 147 

Laws of the Order .147 

Can This Be True ? 148 

A Guarded Query : 148 

What Does He Mean ? 148 

A Great Career Ended 149 

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Iowa Convention 150 

New Tracts , 149 

Ohio State Convention, Secretary's 
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Ohio Convention Letters 152, 

From California 153 

Report of Field Agent, Mead A. Kelsey.153 

Report of Eastern Secretary, Rev. W. B. 
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Tired? Well, what of that ? 

Didst fancy life was spent on beds of 

Fluttering the rose leaves scattered by 

the breeze ? 
Come, rouse thee ! Work while it is 

called to-day ; 
Coward, arise ; go forth upon thy way ! 

Lonely? Well, what of that? 
Some must be lonely ; 'tis not given to all 
To feel a heart responsive rise and fall, 
To blend another life into its own. 
Work may be done in loneliness ; work 
on ! 

Dark? Well, what of that? 

Didst fondly dream the sun would never 

Dost fear to lose thy way? Take cour- 
age yet ! 

Learn thou to walk by faith and not by 

Thy steps will guarded be, and guided 

Hard? Well, what of that? 

Didst fancy life one summer holiday, 

With lessons none to learn and naught 
but play ? 

Go, get thee to thy task ! Conquer or 

It must be learned. Learn it, then, pa- 

No help ? Nay, 'tis not so ! 

Tho' human help be far, thy God is 

Who feeds the raven, hears His children 

He's near thee wheresoe'er thy foosteps 

And He will guide thee, light thee, help 

thee home. 

— Anonymous. 


Why is Christianity the universal and 
final religion ? 

1. It is the only religion that recog- 
nizes the universal brotherhood of man. 

2. It denies the existence of, and 
therefore overturns all racial, national, 
and sex barriers. 

3. Its leader and inspirer, its Lord 
and Master, is not the son of any nation 
or of any people, but is "the Son of 

4. In its purpose, in its promise and 
in its command, it is the universal reli- 

5. It is the only religion that needs 
no temple, no cathedral or special place 
for worship. 

6. Its sacred Book is the only one 
that can be translated, for spiritual profit, 
into all the languages of humanity. 

7. As a universal religion, it has 
begun to hold the dominant place in the 
world of international law, culture, and 

8. It presents the highest and most 
comprehensive idea of God. 

9. It offers the highest ideal of char- 
acter and gives the highest ideal of re- 

10. It oft"ers the highest and most 
conclusive proof for its finality and ab- 
solute truthfulness — individual experi- 
ence. Samuel M. Zwemer. 

It must be something of a shock to 
Masons to learn that Christianity and 
not Masonry is to be "the universal reli- 

When a church avowedly antagonizes 
Masonry and enters a field out of its le- 
gitimate s])here, tlicn it bcc(^mcs Masons 
to \oice their opposition to such a 
church. — The Masonic Chronicler. De- 
cember IT. 19x5. 



September, 1916. 


To the Editor of Tlic News: 

Sir — As a mother I sincerely appre- 
ciate the effort being put forth by the 
women of Indianapolis to abolish the 
late hours that young men and women 
are in the habit of keeping. I believe, 
however, that this effort ought to be ex- 
tended to the secret orders of this city, 
asking them to shorten their hours in the 
lodgeroom. From personal observation, 
I believe that more harm has come 
through this channel than any other. 

Lodges have done a great deal of good 
in the land, but the late hours that they 
keep have offered many opportunities 
for a great deal of harm. It is not 
known at large that lodgerooms are be- 
coming a den for "sports." People. be- 
lieve that they are now% as they were 
years ago, a place for the upright, hon- 
est man ; no man with degraded habits 
could become a member. But alas ! that 
time is past. So anxious are many new 
orders for a larger membership that very 
little discrimination is used. Like every- 
thing else, the man with the price gets 
there, whether he amounts to anything 
or not. 

It is very common now for fast 
women to saunter past the lodge head- 
quarters, watching and waiting for their 
prey. And it is known, without a doubt, 
that men, not in small numbers, but 
large numbers, go to the lodge, not for 
the good they may do their fellow men, 
but to be able to meet these women with- 
out being brought into question by wives 
and friends. 

Wives not in small numbers, but large 
numbers, are asking: "What have you 
of such importance in that lodge that 
you cannot get home under 12, i and 2 
o'clock in the morning, and that you can- 
not possibly miss a night?" Such ques- 
tions would never be asked if reasonable 
hours for closing would be chosen. I, 
for one, will not condemn the young 
men and women for keeping late hours, 
as long as their fathers spend three- 
fourths of the night at "lodge." 

I trust the officers of the different or- 
ders of this city will heed my pleadings 
and establish respectable hours for dis- 
missing. It would surprise people to 
know how many broken-hearted wives 
are in the city of Indianapolis, all be- 

cause their companions have chosen the 
lodgeroom in preference to home. I be- 
lieve lodges are a curse to many horn<es 
because of the late hours. 'A 

A Lodge Man's Wife. 
— The Neivs, Indianapolis, Ind. 


Davenport, la., Aug. 2. — The salaries 
of the supreme knight and supreme sec- 
retary wxre increased from $6,0(X) to 
$8,000 a year at today's convention of 
the Knights of Columbus. The salary 
of the supreme treasurer was also in- 
creased from $3,600 to $4,500, and the 
per diem of delegates was raised from 
$5.00 to $10.00 per day and 10 cents 

Old Point Comfort, Virginia, was 
chosen as the place for the 1917 con- 
vention. Buffalo was the strongest rival 
of the city chosen. 

By unanimous vote the convention to- 
day agreed to immediately provide the 
money necessary for the establishment of 
recreation camps on the Mexican border 
for its soldier members. 

Colonel P. H. Callahan of Louisville, 
chairman of the religious prejudice com- 
mittee, reported to the convention that 
there was a decrease non-Catholic agi- 


In Denver there is a fine new building 
of white marble and Greek architecture. 
On the cornerstone is engraved the date 
of the building's start. It was begun in 
1909, but following the usual custom, the 
date is in roman capitals, thus, MCMIX. 

The other day Deputy Grand Sire, 
Brother Goudy, approached one of his 
clients and asked him if he had seen any- 
thing of their mutual friend. Grand Rep- 
resentative Brother Norman. 'T sure 
did," replied the client. "A few minutes 
ago I seen him standing in front of 
McMix's new building over there on the 


Washington, June 12. — Increases in 
the assessments imposed by the Supreme 
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, on members 
who held fourth-class insurance benefit 
certificates were held by the Supreme 
Court today to be legal. — Chicago Exam- 
iner, June 13, 1916. 

September, 1916. 





[Address Delivered at the State Conven- 
tion of the National Christian Association, 
held at Hanover, Pa., March 6, 1916.] 

My subject would probably be better 
stated if it read ''A Threefold Indict- 
ment of the Secret Orders as Found in a 
Single Verse of Scripture/' for the text 
that I have chosen limits my treatment 
of the theme to only three points of the 
many that might be urged against the 
lodges. The questions of their "secrecy," 
their un-Christian "oaths," and their 
much vaunted "benevolences," all lie out- 
side of my purpose to-night, as I in- 
tend tO' keep strictly wdthin the limits of 
my text which is found in the Epistle of 
Jude, the eleventh verse, and reads as 
follows : "Woe unto them ! for they have 
gone in the way of Cain, and ran greed- 
ily after the error of Balaam for reward, 
and perished in the gainsaying of Korah." 

The book of Jude deals with future 
things, and, as in the book of Revelation, 
and after the manner of all prophecy, it 
treats them as if they were already ac- 
complished : for in the thought of God 
the things that shall be are as certain as 
if they had already been. It sounds a 
double note — that of an appeal, and of a 
warning; the appeal is to "contend for 
the faith which was once delivered to the 
saints," and the warning is against a com- 
ing apostasy, the course of which is 
therein described. 
The Sin of Cain, Balaam and Korah. 

That course is set forth in our text 
under three Old Testament names, Cain, 
Balaam and Korah, all of them religious 
characters who sinned in the long ago 
after a manner that is to mark Christen- 
dom in the last days of this age. If we 
will first determine from the inspired 
record what was the peculiar sin of each, 
I am sure it will not require a straining 
of the imagination to enable us to see 
that this one text contains a three-fold 
indictment of Masonry and the whole 
brood of semi-religious orders that have 
come from that prolific source. 

First of all it is important to note well 
the fact that Cain, Balaam and Korah 
were all of them pre-eminently religious 
men, and that they sinned in a rcligiotis 
way ; that they were not charged with 

immoralities or vulgar deeds in so far as 
their names are used in Scripture warn- 
ings. It is true, indeed, that Cain be- 
came a murderer, but his crime was the 
result of his sin, as crime always is; and 
it is his sin that we are warned against 
and that looms up largest in the thought 
of God. The Devil has had wonderful 
success in persuading men that there is 
a saving virtue in merely "being relig- 
ious" ; the old hymn doubtless meant well 
enough^ but it surely stated a dangerous 
half truth when it said : "'Tis religion 
that can give sweetest pleasure while we 
live; 'tis religion can supply solid com- 
fort when we die." 

We answer that it all depends: the 
Spiritualist, the Theosophist, the Chris- 
tian Scientist, the Mormon, the Buddhist, 
and the Hindu, are all of them intensely 
religious, and perhaps the niost religious 
of them all is the "Unspeakable Turk," 
who is the more cruel, barbarous and 
devilish just because he is so intensely 
religious. We have no divine warrant 
for saying or thinking that "religion" 
ever saved anybody, or ever can; it is 
only Christ who saves. 

Man by Nature a Religious Animal. 

It has been said, and rightly so, that 
man is by nature "a religious animal" ; 
that he is thus distinguished from the 
rest of the animal creation, and yet that 
fact is in perfect accord with the poet's 
well-known lines, "Every prospect 
pleases, and only man is vile." 

The fact that man is so incurably re- 
lio'ious in no wav militates aijainst the 
prophet's statement concerning Tsrael — 
"The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass 
his master's crib, but Israel doth not 
know, my people do not consider" : nor 
does it in any way weaken the force of 
Sam Jones' pith}' remark: "The more I 
see of men, the better I like dogs." 

Sir Robert Anderson, who has said 
50 many good things ex|danatory of the 
inspired Word, has deckared that "it is 
in the sphere of religion that the inllu- 
ence of the tempter is to be sought — not 
in the records of our criminal courts." 
and I firmlv believe that as "this present 
evil age" draws nearer to its end we need 
especially to be on guard against the 
"wiles" of the Devil; we need more than 
ever to beware of being "deceived" by 



September, 1916. 

him. as he appears and appeals — not in 
tlie ugliness of his traditional form, but 
in the role of an "angel of light," for the 
"Man of Sin," the comino- Antichrist, 
will be satisfied with nothing less than 
the worship of men, and in order to se- 
cure it. as he will, he will seek to mis- 
lead them spiritually rather than to de- 
bauch them morally. The homage that 
belongs to Christ and was denied him 
will be freely giyen to his great adver- 
sary, and I maintain that among the 
forces that are most potent in bringing 
this about are the secret orders of our 

The most dangerous forms of sin are 
not the grossly vulgar ones which repel 
men by their very vileness ; the Devil 
does his finest work in persuading men 
to be sober, moral, respectable and re- 
ligious, but Christlcss ; he would rather 
have them so than to have them drunk 
and disreputable, vile and immoral. 

I wish that some of our popular evan- 
gelists could see this more clearly than 
they do, so that, in their strong and 
heroic denunciations of the saloon evil, 
the social evil_, the gambling vice — of the 
theater, the dance, the decollette dress, 
and the preference some women give a 
puppy over a baby, they might occasion- 
ally, at least, utter a much needed warn- 
ing also against the institutions that play 
at religion, that pretend to gather men 
C'f all faiths around one common altar 
to worship God apart from Jesus Christ ; 
the institutions that in their rituals even 
dare to go so far as to tear the very name 
of Christ out of Scripture passages 
where it belongs, and then call this mut- 
ilation a "slight" and ''necessary" 

When the Devil Laughs. 

Methinks the Devil laughs at the heroic 
way in which some of these good men 
tackle the saloon and kindred evils while 
they wink at such blasphemy. They do, 
indeed; give much attention to Mormon- 
ism, and Russelism, and Theosophy, and 
certain other "isms" that are represented 
in their larg-e audiences of many thou- 
sands by a few hundred men and women 
at the most, while the men who are sin- 
ning after the manner of Cain, and 
Balaam, and Korah, are there by the 
thousands — are there as singers, as ush- 

ers, as committeemen, and as co-operat- 
ing pastors — are there night after night 
for many weeks, and yet are never 
warned against the false religion of the 
lodge, the sin of swearing away their 
liberty, and the sin of being thus unequal- 
ly yoked together with unbelievers in re- 
ligious brotherhoods apart from Jesus 
Christ. Are never warned, did I say ? 
Aye, it is worse than that ; these men not 
only go unwarned, but are in various 
ways encouraged to continue in these for- 
bidden associations by men who ought 
to know that the lodges are more Unita- 
rian than are the Unitarian churches 
themselves ; more corrupt than Mormon- 
ism and Russelism at their worst ; and 
more Christless than Christian Science 
or Theosophy ever thought of being. It 
was Dr. Herrick Johnson who said : "My 
chief objection to Masonry is that it is 
Christlessly religions.'' One does not 
need to know the secrets of the lodge at 
all to make this discovery for himself ; 
he needs only to read carefully the vari- 
ous manuals, rituals, monitors and other 
publications of the lodges themselves — 
books that have the endorsement of the 
lodges, are published by them, are ac- 
knowledged by them as authorities, and 
are for sale to any who may care to buy. 

Every Christian has access to his 
Bible, and should first of all inform him- 
self as to its teachings, so that he may 
become an intelligent Christian ; and sec- 
ondly, every Christian who is also a 
"Mason," an "Odd-Fellow," an "Elk," 
"Moose," "Owl," "Eagle" or "Yellow 
Dog'' should study the manual or ritual 
of his lodge sufficiently to enable him to 
become an intelligent "Mason," "Moose" 
or "Monkey." This latter they seldom 
do ; if they were to do so it would be im- 
possible for any honest man to try for 
long to be both a lodge man and a Chris- 
tian ; for, as Dr. Torrey has appositely 
stated it : "I do not believe it possible for 
a man to be an intelligent Christian and 
an intelligent Mason at the same time." 

Let us now proceed to an analysis of 
our text. 

Indictment Number One. 

"They have gone in the way of Cain," 
that is, the bloodless way. 

Both Cain and Abel appear before God 
as worshippers, and Cain is not less re- 

September, 1916. 



ligious than Abel, although in a different 
way; for we read that "in the process of 
time Cain brought of the fruit of the 
ground an offering unto the Lord ; and 
Abel he also brought of the firstlings of 
his flock ; and the Lord had respect unto 
Abel and to his offering, but unto Cain 
and to his offering he had not respect. 
And Cain was very wroth and his coun- 
tenance fell." 

Cain and Abel lived in the dispensa- 
tion of Conscience ; the age of Innocence 
ended with the sin of Adam. By the 
fall, man acquired a natural conscience, 
knowing good and evil ; and his respon- 
sibility thereafter was to do wdiat he 
knew^ to be good. Having come to a 
knowledge of right and wrong by an ex- 
perience in wrongdoing, it was now in- 
cumbent upon him to do what he knew 
to be right ; doing this, he would be ac- 
cepted ; failing in this it w^as sin and dis- 
pleasing to God. But even in such a case, 
with the consciousness of sin upon him, 
Genesis 4:7 (literally translated), holds 
out tO' him a way of escape in these 
words: "If thou doest well shall thou 
not be accepted? and if thou doest not 
well, a sin-offering croucheth at the door, 
and unto thee shall be his desire and 
thou shalt rule over him." Abel's offer- 
ing was a type of Christ, the Lamb of 
God that taketh away the sin of the 
world ; Abel's offerino- was a recognition 
of the fact that "without the shedding 
of blood there is no remission of sin." 
Offering Contrasted: Cain's Error. 

That Abel brought such an offering im- 
plies previous instruction, for it was "by 
faith" that Abel offered a more accept- 
able sacrifice than Cain, and faith is tak- 
ing God at his word ; so that Cain's 
bloodless offering was a refusal of the 
divine way, and a willful substitution of 
his own. Cain is a type of the natural 
man ; with a natural religion instead of a 
revealed one ; with a superficial sense of 
sin, and with no appreciation of the need 
of a Saviour. His natural religious sense 
requires him to believe in (lod, but not in 
a Redeemer ; he believes in a Supreme 
Being, as creator of all things, but sees 
no need of a Mediator, or of an atoning 
sacrifice; he believes that if a man does 
the best he can and brings to God as an 
offering such things as he himself can 

conveniently j)roduce, (jod must be satis- 
fied. lUu the idea of a blood sacrifice is 
re])ugnant to him ; he wants no substi- 
tute ; does not admit the need of one. 
Cain is a deist, and as Mr. Moody said, 
"He is the first Unitarian oi whom we 
have any record in the Word of' (jod.'' 
He brought the fruits of the sin-cursed 
earth, the products of the toil of his own 
hands, which could never atone for the 
sin of his soul, and the God who had said 
"without the shedding of blood there is 
no remission," had no respect to his of- 
fering, and in the very nature of things 
could have none. 
Why the Way of Cain is the Popular One. 

Cain's offering appeals to the "natural 
man," firstly, because it is more aesthetic 
than is Abel's bloody sacrifice ; it looks 
better in the eyes of men. Sin has made 
"snobs" of men, and they contemptuous- 
ly term God's way of salvation the "theol- 
ogy of the shambles" and turn to "cul- 
ture" and to other human devices to 
satisfy their soul's deep need. 

It appeals to him, secondly, because it 
seems more reasonable that a man should 
be required to bring only such as he has, 
rather than to acquire a lamb for this 
sole purpose ; the idea that God should 
do the saving himself, and should lay 
down the sole condition of faith in the 
substitute which he has provided, has 
always been an offense to human reason. 

Cain's oft'ering appeals to the natural 
man, thirdly, because God has made the 
other w^ay imperative, and the carnal 
heart being enmity against God, resents 
the divine requirements and rejects the 
divine way ; it prefers "the way of Cain" ; 
for sin is essentiall}- rebellion against 
God, and in nothing is this more clearly 
seen than in man's natural antagonism 
to the truth expressed in the h\mn : 
"When God the wa\- of life would teach. 

And gather all his own. 
He puts them safe beyond the reach 

Of death, by blood alone. 

"The wrath of (iod that was our due. 

L^pon the Lamb was laid : 
And by the shedding of his lilood. 

The debt for us was paid. 

"It is his word. God's precious word, 
It stands forever true — 



September, 1916. 

\Mien I the Lord shall see the blood, 

I will pass over you." 

By God's plan, salvation is to be whol- 
ly from him, and leaves no room for 
human effort, merit, or boasting; by 
Cain's method sin is to be wholly ig- 
nored, and men are to meet God as if 
nothing had happened. 

Masonry and Odd-Fellowship Religious In- 

Now, all who have studied the re- 
ligion of Masonry and of Odd-Fellow- 
ship are well aware that in thus de- 
scribing the religion of Cain, I have 
at the same time described the re- 
ligion of the lodge, for they are iden- 
tical. The highest competent authorities 
freely admit that Masonry is a religious 
institution, and that its religion -is "pure 
Theism." It is indeed religious, even as 
Cain was, and with the same kind of 
religion. I do not wonder at all that ex- 
President Taft and many other Uni- 
tarians are Masons, nor am I at all sur- 
prised to find a Universalist minister like 
Grosh compiling an Odd-Fellows' Man- 
ual, and being recognized as one of their 
leading authorities. Such men are, at 
least, consistent, because their churches 
and their lodges stand for the same 
things. What puzzles me is that men in 
the orthodox churches, who profess to 
believe that no man cometh to the Father 
but by Christ, and that he that denieth 
the Son denieth also the Father can 
countenance such blasphemy. 

To be a Unitarian or a Universalist 
and to be also- a Mason or an Odd-Fel- 
low is quite natural and consistent from 
the religious point of view, for the re- 
ligion of the lodge is based upon the 
false assumption that "all men are chil- 
dren of God" by nature, which is also 
the fundamental error of the churches 
mentioned ; but that orthodox believers 
should covertly be committed to this 
Unitarian propaganda, should help thus 
to spread this rank and dangerous false- 
hood, and become the sworn sponsors of 
this antichristian system— this seems to 
us most strange and inconsistent. Can 
there be any reasonable doubt that the 
religion of the lodge is such as is here 
charged ? 

Mackey's Ritualist. 

Consider these facts : ''Mackey's Rit- 
ualist" is a Masonic authority, and ought 

to be accepted as such by Masons at least, 
and it is so accepted by honest Masons. 
It contains more than thirty prayers, and 
yet the name of Jesus Christ is not in 
one of them ; it contains many benedic- 
tions, and the name of Jesus Christ is 
not in one of them ; it contains numerous 
odes and songs of a religious nature, 
and the name of Christ is not in one of 
them ; and, to show that this is not by 
accident but by design, in two of the de- 
grees, passages of Scripture are used in 
which the name of Jesus Christ belongs 
and that name is deliberately expunged, 
the passages being used without it; and 
then, as if that were not enough, a foot- 
note is added on one of these pages stat- 
ing that "these passages of Scripture are 
especially appropriate to this degree, and 
that with a few 'slight' but 'necessary' 
changes, the passages are taken from II 
Peter," etc. 

The "slight" change to which refer- 
ence is made is the omission of the name 
of Jesus Christ, and surely, no true 
Christian will stand for that ! And when 
he is told that it is a "necessary" change 
he is told a thing which ought to make 
it forever impossible for him to be seen 
again at its altars. The Lamb is not 
wanted ; the blood is trodden under foot ; 
the atonement is spurned and at the same 
time their Lexicons assure us "A 
Mason by living in strict accordance 
with his obligations, is free from sin," 
and their Cyclopedias tell us "When the 
Master Mason exclaims 'my name is 
Cassia,' it is equivalent to saying, 'I have 
been in the grave ; I have triumphed over 
it by rising from the dead, and being re- 
generated by the process, I have a claim 
to everlasting life.' " But I forbear to 
quote further, because in a convention 
like this" it is not necessary; the many 
similar claims of other lodge authorities 
will readily occur to you, all of which 
clearly show that "they have gone in the 
way of Cain," that is, the bloodless way. 

What is said here concerning the 
Christlessness of Masonry is equally true 
of Odd-Fellowship. Grosh's "Manual of 
Odd-Fellowship" not only contains the 
Christless prayers, benedictions, and 
songs of that lodge, but it devotes con- 
siderable space to a defense of the omis- 
sion, justifying the lodge in thus exclud- 
ing that blessed Name. 

September, 1916. 



Being world-wide fraternities, taking 
in Hindu, Mohammedan, Unitarian, Jew 
and Christian, with the avowed purpose 
of uniting them all in worshipping the 
One God around one common altar, it 
becomes necessary to excUide the name 
of Jesus Christ in the interests of the 
Unitarian, the Hindu, and the Jew, while 
the Christian is distinctly told that to in- 
chide the Name would savor too much of 
a sectarianism that the lodge must of 
necessity avoid. The Christian is asked 
to surrender Jesus Christ in the worship 
of the lodge and to give his endorsement 
to a religious system that denies the most 
fundamental things for which his Church 
stands ; and this he does, whether he 
means to or not, and the fact that he pro- 
fesses to honor the Son by saying ''Good 
Lord" in his church on Sunday will hard- 
ly take off the curse from his saying 
''Good Devir' in his lodge during the 

Such men as former President Finney 
of Oberlin College, a long-time Mason, 
the venerable Stephen Merritt, a thirty- 
third degree Mason ; Col. Geo. R. Clark, 
a thirty-second degree Mason, and many 
others like them who have seen the lodge 
from the inside and who know it from 
A to Z, have again and again called at- 
tention to the fact that the modern lodge 
is not merely un-Christian, but that it is 
decidedly anti-Christian, having nO' room 
for Christ as man's only Savior, while 
at the same time making much of reli- 
gious performances, thus deceiving many 
with a false hope. Its way is the way of 

Rev. James B. Walker, D. D., author 
of that well-known work, "The Phil- 
osophy of the Plan of Salvation," states 
the fact very tersely thus : "There is 
probably not one in a thousand who en- 
ter the lodge who know when, blind- 
folded, they take the terrible oaths, that 
Masonry is an anti-Christ and one of 
the most powerful enemies of Christ that 
exists; but this is put beyond the possi- 
bility of a doubt by the highest Masonic 
authorities." In other words, we have 
the charge verified by both seceding and 
adhering Masons who know whereof 
they speak. 

"Woe rinto them; for tliey have gone 
in the zuay of Cain/' 

(To be continued.) 


In the lodge Laularo, Buenos Ay res, 
the first Masonic lodge in South Amer- 
ica, icSoo, the plan to tlirow off the Span- 
ish yoke was formulated, and Masonry 
has been the friend of popular govern- 
ment in that part of the world ever since. 
— Texas Freemason, July, 19 16. 

And in this part of the world, Ma- 
sonry became the enemy of the estab- 
lished popular government, when "rebel- 
lion and secession were organized in the 
South, and they were not organized out- 
side of Masonic lodge rooms but inside." 

And every once in a while some Ma- 
sonic editor gravely states that Masonry 
and patriotism are synonymous. 

According to the Missouri Freemason, 
the Past Master's Club of St. Louis, has 
under consideration what is termed 
"graduated fees." It is intended to pre- 
vent lodges from becoming too large by 
increasing the fees for the degrees as 
follows : For lodges of 300 members 
or less, $50; from 300 to 500 members, 
$60; from 500 to 700 members, $75; 
from 700 to 850 members, $85 ; above 
850 members, $100. 


A. B., Michigan City, Ind. — The Tribe 
of Ben Hur has had a declining mem- 
bership and an increasing death rate for 
some years. Under such conditions a 
readjustment of assessments was inevi- 
table. The trouble is with the system, 
not with the management of the order. — 
'Tnvestors' Guide," in The Chicago 
Tribune, Aug. 12, 1916. 


The Swedish Evangelical Free Church 
has adopted the Moody Bible Institute as 
its Theological Seminary for the training 
of its young men for the Christian min- 
istry. By mutual arrangement it has in- 
stalled one of its own ministers as an 
instructor in the instituc, who trains its 
candidates in the Swedish and English 
languages, and in the history and polity 
of their church. Other denominations 
are considering a similar arrangement. 

Soldiers of the Lord are doing real 
fighting when they are on their knees. 



September, 1916. 



A corner stone recently laid at Virden, 
Illinois, bears the following inscription : 
"Laid by the JMasonic Fraternity, A. D. 
Tune 7, 1916, A. L. 5916." 

It was laid with special and solemn 
ceremonies. Speakers were invited from 
distant cities, who came to glorify the 
order and add dignity to the occasion. 
The whole thing was fnll of significance 
to the man inside, but looked like mock- 
ery to one outside. In, the first place, 
the order is called a "fraternity," but 
its status as a fraternity certainly needs 
to be explained ! Masonry is composed 
of degrees, a great many of them, and 
men in one degree are separated from 
the degrees above them even as a brick 
wall separates one house from another. 
This very gradation is unfraternal. It is 
also unfraternal in another aspect, for 
often it is a matter of money that keeps 
the Mason of lower degree from attain- 
ing the higher. How much l^rotherli- 
ness can there be in a system which 
makes the possession of money the test 
of advancement? 

Masonry is also a failure as a "Broth- 
erhood" because there is no human in- 
stitution which is more lorded over than 
is this so-called fraternity. It is abso- 
lutely ruled by its overlord, the Grand 
Master ; by traditions which are not his- 
torically true, and by oaths and penalties 
with all their terrors. And this is called 
a fraternity ! To what shameful misuse 
human speech lends itself. A fraternity 
when every service rendered is according 
to contract ! A fraternity that marks 
metes and l)ounds for its members over 
which they dare not pass ! A fraternity 
where pride rules and false statements 
support their claims ! No wonder they 
omit the name of Jesus Christ, for the 
whole institution is the antipodes of his 
life and teaching! 

But notice that corner stone. Men ask, 
What does A. L. 5916 stand for? They 
are told it stands for the date of the 
origin of their order, ''Anno Lucis, 
5916," the year of light. Assume that 
their claim is true : how does it afi^ect 
the other claim that Masonry is founded 
upon the Bible? Let us see. If Moses 
wrote about 1450 B. C. and we add to 

this date, 1916, we get 3366, which is 
the number of years from this year to 
the date when Moses lived and wrote the 
Law. Now if we subtract 3366 from 
5916 we will find that Masonry must 
have been 2550 years old in Moses' day ! 
If that cornerstone tells the truth, then 
the claim that the Masonic fraternity is 
founded on the Bible is not true, and 
z'ice versa, for how can Masonry be 
founded on the Bible if it was 2550 
years old when the earliest portion was 
written. Perhaps it is no problem for 
Masons to make these claims coincide, 
but it seems to the writer that this cor- 
nerstone is a fair sample of the tissue 
of falsehoods which make up this 
"mighty agency of Satan." When the 
Masons cut the date A. L. 5916 on 
that corner stone they were certainly 
straining after efi^ects and did not care 
for facts ! 

Masonry is a mighty system of lord- 
ship. It is not a fraternity. It is a system 
of paid for services, and is not a benevo- 
lent order. It is immoral since it cares lit- 
tle for facts or historical truth. It is the 
Devil's "blind alley" into which he snares 
souls and from which there is no escape 
except by retreat ; and retreat is cut off 
by a cunning system of oaths. It is not 
light, but darkness. It is not good, but 
evil. It is not safe, but dangerous, 
Caveat lector — Let the doer beware — 
should be cut into the marble of that 
corner stone. 


Washington, Aug. 14. — Senator L. Y. 
Sherman of Illinois, on the floor of the 
Senate to-day, denounced Samuel Gom- 
pers, president of the American Federa- 
tion of Labor, as "a public nuisance." 

Senator Sherman read a press clipping 
to lead up to his attack on Mr. Gom- 
pers, purporting to give an interview 
with J. J. Keegin, LInited States com- 
missioner of labor, in which Mr. Keegin 
was quoted as saying that, if the threat- 
ened railroad strike was not settled, the 
government would take over the railroad 
lines and would never give them back to 
private ownership. 

Called Economic Crank. 

"Mr. Keegin, like Mr. Gompers," Sen- 
ator Sherman said, "seeks to issue edicts 

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— Courtesy Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ivailroacl. 


and have them obeyed by everybody ev- 
erywhere. No more tyrannical and in- 
sufferable control or t\ ranny ever cursed 
a country than that of these men who ex- 
ploit labor and live oft' of the sweat of 
somebody else's brow. 

"Mr. Gompers is a public nuisance. 
Mr. Keegin is a Socialist, or what might 
be denominated as an economic crank. 
Gompers Acquits Leaders. 

"I will say now what 1 said publicly 
abotit Mr. Gompers in 1914. liefore 
Mr. Gompers could criticise anyone in 
public life, I asked him to remember that 
in the conspiracy leading to the indict- 
ment of the dynamiters at Indianapolis, 

before they were tried, before the case 
had ever come to a tribunal for a public 
hearing, Mr. Gompers set up a tribimal 
of his own and tried them and had them 

"He prostituted the cause of labor to 
the point of using the fluids of the labor- 
ing men of the countr\- to defend these 
criminals, wlio had, without cause, wan- 
tonl}', in cold blood, sent to their death 
nineteen men and women in the cit\- oi 
I. OS Angeles. 

"After he had tried them and found 
them innocent, almost before the ink 
was dry upon his statement of innocence, 
the McXamaras pleaded guilty. 



September, 1916. 

**^Ir. Gompers has never apologized to 
anybody for this. I do not ask him to 
apologize, but here and now I say the 
most fortunate thing that ever happened 
to ^[y. Gompers is that he escaped indict- 
ment himself on a similar charge in the 
same conspiracy. 

"I have owed this to Mr. Gompers for 
some tniie and I am handing it to him 
right now. I am responsible politically 
or personally only for myself, and I in- 
vite him to come into the jurisdiction 
where I live and answer me." — Chicago 
Herald, Aug. 15, 191 6. ' 

Gompers Replies. 

AA^ashington, Aug. 17. — President 
Samuel Gompers of the American Fed- 
eration of Labor to-day wrote a letter 
to Senator LawTence Y. Sherman of Illi- 
nois, in which he paid his respects to 
Senator Sherman for the latters' attack 
on him in the Senate this week. 

i\Ir. Gompers said to Senator Sher- 
man "I shall not undertake here to make 
answer to your misrepresentation of me, 
your willful, malicious, false and unwar- 
rantable accusations and insinuations ; 
they may well be left for discussion at 
some other tim.e. But there is not a word 
I have uttered or an action I have taken 
but which has been directed and ap- 
proved by the American Federation of 
Labor and its great rank and file. 

*T am thankful that I was not included 
either with the Indianapolis dynamiters 
or with any others," he wrote. "I im- 
agine that you ought to be thankful thai 
you were not indicted with bank de- 
faulters, trust speculators and other buc- 
caneers in the industrial and commer- 
cial field ; simply because you believed in 
their innocence is no grounds for your 
indictment, no more than for mine when 
the 'Indianapolis dynamiters' declared 
their innocence and I believed them to 
be innocent." — Chicago Herald, Aug. 18, 

Anyone who has followed the labor 
outrages of the last several years can- 
not fail to be impressed with the univer- 
sal belief in the innocence of labor 
criminals. Even after their conviction, 
belief in their innocence is often em- 
phasized by persecutions or dynamite 
bombs directed against the persons or 
property of states witnesses. 

Orange, N. J., Aug. 21. — Samuel Gom- 
pers, president of the American Federa- 
tion of Labor, speaking to-day before 
the convention of the New Jersey Fed- 
eration of Labor, answered the attack 
made on him in the United States Sen- 
ate recently by Senator Sherman of Illi- 
nois. It was Mr. Gompers' first public 
reply, and he concluded by promising 
that the senator would have further rea- 
son to consider him a "public nuisance." 
— Chicago Tribune, Aug. 22, 1916. 

Labor Witness Dynamited. 

A carefully laid program to "get" wit- 
nesses who testified against defendants 
in the recent labor trial before Judge 
Kickham Scanlan is believed by A. M. 
Liebling to be responsible for the explod- 
ing of two bombs early yesterday in 
front of the building where he publishes 
the Jezv'ish Daily Press. 

The door of the structure at 121 5 
South Racine avenue was blown from its 
hinges across the body of a watchman, 
who escaped injury. Liebling, his wife 
and three daughters were flung violently 
from their beds in their apartment above 
the office. 

Detectives spent the day looking for 
two men, one tall and one short, who 
were said to have been seen near the 
Liebling building with a suitcase. 

''They tried to kill us all," said Lieb- 
ling afterward. 'Tt wasn't just to 
frighten us. I have received threats by 
letter and by telephone a number of 
times. Assistant State's Attorney Raber 
promised to give me protection. 
Because of Testimony. 

"This is because of my testimony in 
the labor trial, I have no doubt, and I be- 
lieve they have only started. 

"I didn't want to testify, but I was 
forced to. I told of paying Fred Mader 
$135 before I could have some glass re- 
placed in my building, and Mader was 
sentenced to three years in prison." 

The Liebling attack is the second bomb 
explosion directed at witnesses for the 
state in the labor case. The restaurant 
of Thomas H. Petrakos, another witness, 
at 1809 West Van Buren street, was the 
scene of a similar attack while the trial 
was in progress. — Chicago Tribune, Aug 
2, 1916. 

September, 1916. 





"I spake Openly to the World." 

Men at times say, "What is the harm 
of sceret societies?" Joseph Cook him- 
self made a serious mistake here, as it 
seems to me, when he said that some 
societies were gilt edged and some guilty 
edged, intimating that some secret soci- 
eties were helpful while others were in- 
jurious. It is my earnest conviction 
that secret societies are evil because 
they are secret ; that the worst thing 
about them is the fact that they are se- 
cret. The secrecy leads to all the other 
things which are evil in them. 

There is a wonderful safety in frank- 
ness and openness. One of my student 
lectures is about living in the open. I 
speak of the center statue which is in- 
tended to be placed in the middle of the 
room, to be observed from all sides, as 
contrasted with the wall statue which, 
placed against a wall, may be inspected 
only from, at most, three sides. The 
purpose of the lecture is to satisfy young 
people that there is a greater safety in 
living so that all the world may look on 
and they need not to be ashamed or 
afraid. I have not the slightest doubt 
that this teaching is sound, philosoph- 
ically and religiously ; that secrecy is evil 
in itself, and that it leads to a thousand 
other evils. Certainly secret associations 
do not, in this particular, resemble the 
character of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

In John i8 :20 we have an incident in 
His trial. He was at the end of his life. 
His work had all been done, except the 
great sacrifice which he was about to 
make. In that trial the high priest asked 
him of his disciples and his doctrine, 
that is, he said. Who have you taught 
and what have you taught? and our 
Lord replied, 'T spake openly to the 
world ; I ever taught in the synagogue, 
and in the temple, whither the Jews al- 
ways resort ; and in secret have I said 

If secrecy is a means of doing good, 
if it is a good arrangement for moral 
teaching that it should be done privately 
and tuider oath or seal, why in the world 
did not our Lord Jestis Christ, who came 
into this world on the heaviest errand 

that ever man undertook, why did he not 
adopt this method? Or if it was not 
wise to make it an exclusive method, 
why did he not use it at times? Why 
did he not now and then say to the disci- 
ples, 'T am going to tell you this but I 
do not wish you to tell anybody?" In 
place of that he charged them to make 
known to the world his most private 
teaching. "What ye hear in the ear, 
that preach ye upon the house tops." 
(Matt. 10:27.) This seems to be ab- 
solutely decisive. Either our Lord did 
not know the best way of promoting 
the cause of righteousness among men 
or he did not wish to adopt it if secrecy 
is a method to this end. I judge no one 
will wish to be guilty of the blasphemy 
of declaring that He did not know what 
was the best or that He would not adopt 
that method. Let us therefore drive 
another stake here. 

The Bible condemns secrecy, not 
guilty secrecy, but secrecy. It charges 
people to be open and candid in their 
dealings with their fellow men and sets 
them an example, and any organization 
which does not do this, thereby violates 
the teaching, command, and example of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Temple of the Holy Spirit. 

For many years I have meditated on 
the names Odd-Fellows' Temple, Ma- 
sonic Temple, etc. Of course the word 
"temple" is plain enough ; it means a 
house constructed for the worship of 
God or gods, but when one prefixes the 
word "temple" by the word "Masonic" 
or "Odd-Fellows" it seems as if the God 
who is to be worshiped in this temple 
is not the God whom Christians wor- 
ship, but some other being, and this is 
undoubtedly the fact. 

My honored father used often to say 
that the Devil was the Grand Master of 
every lodge on earth. I think there is 
no doubt but that this is literally true, 
but in order to put Christian life on the 
proper foundation, the Holy Spirit in- 
sists repeatedly that the bodies of men 
are temple^ of the Holy Spirit. In i 
Cor. 3:16 and 2 Cor. 6:16 the Holy 
Spirit puts the affirmation into the form 
of a question, "Know ye not that yotir 
bodies are the temples of the Holy 
Ghost?" as if everv one ought to know 
that; as if it were a surprise that any 



September, 1916. 

one should be ignorant of it. "Know 
ye not?"' 

When I began to study lodgism I did 
not believe the revelations respecting the 
initiatory ceremonies. I thought pos- 
sibly at some previous time they had 
been as described, but I did not believe 
that the men whom I knew to be lodge 
men would submit to such silly and ridic- 
ulous, outrageous treatment as the lodges 
were said to impose upon them. I. there- 
fore, for months, in public testimony on 
this subject said nothing whatever about 
the initiations. I spoke of the religion 
and the philosophy of the orders, as 
revealed by their leading teachers. Here 
was to me ample ground for testimony, 
an abundant reason \\hy thoughtful men. 
not to say Christian men. should have 
no fellowship with them, but when I was 
compelled to study the initiatory cere- 
monies, I found that they were still prac- 
ticed as of old : that the attempt to make 
men ridiculous in the eyes of other men 
by subjecting them to fooHsh ceremonies 
was kept up, and, after I had learned 
this, the question arose. What is the 
reason for it? 

AMiy should a lodge wish to strip of 
almost all his clothing a candidate who 
is supposedly a neighbor and a friend? 
^^'hy should' they wish to bandage his 
eyes? ^^'hy should they wish to lead 
him where he would step or slide into 
a tub of water or in any way be subject 
to such abuse ? At last it dawned on my 
mind that Satan, who hates God, would 
of course hate. God's temple ; that as 
men sometimes defile the house of those 
whom they dislike, so Satan would like 
to defile the temple in which God dwells. 
This seemed to clear up the whole situ- 
ation. If Satan is the God of the lodge 
and if the bodies of men are temples of 
the ^lost High, why should Satan not 
delight to defile, deface, and destroy the 
temple? I think any of my readers who 
have never thoroughly comprehended 
the initiations of lodges will find here an 
explanation that will lead them far along 
the road. 

I received the other day a circular 
from a house which sells goods to 
lodges of a certain sort. The key sen- 
tence for this circular is found at the 
top of the first page : "Fewer words and 
more action." The publishers go on to 

say that. "At the last Head Camp Meet- 
ing there was a demand for a change in 
the ritual. 'Fewer words and more ac- 
tion' was the sentiment expressed by a 
big majority of the delegates. Accord- 
ingly the ritual was revised, certain ap- 
pliances were adopted and their use by 
Camps is now permitted. Men like fun. 
They need it: they are going to get it 
somewhere." etc. Then this circular 
goes on to give illustrations and price 
lists of these new appliances which have 
been adopted to furnish fun, to produce 
more action, that the lodge may get along 
with "fewer words." 

C^n the lirst page there are pictures 
of three lodge goats. "The Rollicking 
Mustang Goat." the "Bucking Goat." and 
"The Practical Goat." These goats cost 
from fourteen to twenty-one dollars. 
They are little wheeled machines with 
the body of a goat for a seat on which 
the candidate is required to ride. The 
wheels are so arranged that he is thrown 
from side to side, forward and back- 
ward, up and down, as they choose 
There are certain attachments which 
may be used : for example, there 
is a fountain attachment to produce a 
spray of water from the back of the 
goat, where the candidate sits. This 
costs Si. 50 extra and so a citizen, a 
farmer, a church member, perhaps a min- 
ister, is to be placed on this goat and 
rolled up and down the lodge room for 
the sake of producing fun for a lot of 
men who stand around or sit and look 

Then there is a camera so constructed 
that when the candidate sits before it, 
to have his picture taken, a spray of wa- 
ter is shot into his face and the chair on 
which he sits is made to collapse, so 
that he falls on to the floor. 

Another machine is for what is called 
the wedge test. There are two wedges, 
exactly alike in appearance. One is a 
solid cast iron, the other of vers- light 
material. There is a grab hook to hold 
an iron pulley and there is a rope to 
draw the wedge up to the ceiling and 
then let it fall. The candidate is to 
prove his courage by looking at and han- 
dling the heavy iron wedge and then 
when the light wedge is drawn up to the 
ceiling, he has a rope given him by which 
he should pull it so that it will fall upon 

September, 1916, 



his head. The description says that of 
all ordeals the candidate experiences, 
this is one he will never forget. Of 
course if the candidate will net pull the 
rope himself to let the wedge fall on his 
head, other people will do it for him. 

These are the experiences which make 
men insane, which sometimes kill men by 
shock. In such cases the report goes out 
that the candidate died of heart disease 
or apoplexy. 

Another machine is a "judgment seat" 
on which the candidate is required to 
stand for judgment when all at once the 
top gives away and the candidate de- 
scends into a box of water. 

The "spanker" or the invisible paddle 
machine is a box with two rings in one 
end. The candidate is required to take 
hold of the rings and pull. When he 
does so the top of the box flies up and 
spanks him and at the same moment a 
blank cartridge is exploded and water 
is discharged into his face from a spe- 
cial device concealed in the dial of the 

There are many others. I mention 
only one, the pledge altar. The candi- 
date is down on his knees before the al- 
tar. The officer of the lodge is reading 
part of the service out of a book. All 
at once the top of the altar gives away 
and a skeleton head and shoulders fly up 
through the top of the altar and the skel- 
eton spits a jet of water into the can- 
didate's face. At the same time a blank 
cartridge is exploded and the candidate 
is scared by the skeleton, made ridicu- 
lous by the flood of water which is dis- 
charged into his face and the men who 
stand around of course "have fun." 

Now, all these things and scores of 
others like them are intended to amuse 
the onlookers. Think of lodge men, 
members of the church and godless and 
wicked men, all combining to put a poor 
ignorant soul, who has paid tliem money 
for lodge membership, through ceremo- 
nies of this kind. One can see how cer- 
tain coarse grained, ignorant sort of men 
might really be interested in such a 
transaction, but how a gentleman, above 
all, how a Christian could for a moment 
tolerate such proceedings, is hard to im- 


Let me urge all those who read these 
words to studv the Bible with reference 

to lodgism. If men will believe what 
God says he will do for them, will they 
be even inclined to join an order made 
up of good and bad men for the sake of 
procuring protection or benehts which 
God will give them if they are worthy 
men? If men will believe the Bible, will 
they unite in close fraternal association 
with wicked men? Is it possible? '"How 
can two walk together except they be 
agreed?" If men believe the Bible, how 
can they unite in organizations which 
ignore Jesus Christ, which omit him 
from their creeds, their ritual, even from 
their Scripture readings? If men wish 
to follow the example of Jesus Christ, 
who says he always spake openly to the 
world, how can they unite in organiza- 
tions which at the very beginning re- 
quire them to conceal all the proceedings 
from all people and if men recognize 
their bodies as temples of the Holy 
Ghost, if men feel that they ought to 
give their bodies to God, as the Holy 
Spirit tells them to, will they then be 
willing to submit to these horseplay ini- 
tiations which always degrade, which 
sometimes render insane and which not 
infrequently kill? for it must be remem- 
bered that the mental tortures which are 
inflicted in these ridiculous ceremonies 
sometimes do destroy the mind and 
sometimes destroy life, and it must also 
be remembered that in these initiations it 
is not infrequently the case that because 
of the drunkenness of the men who are 
doing the work, or for some other rea- 
son, there are mistakes made which re- 
sult fatally. 

I need only refer to the Elk \Vho was 
so badly burned in Des Moines that he 
died three days after in one of the hotels 
of that city. I believe twice already the 
spanker has thrown a bit of the metallic 
cartridge into the body of the candidate 
who was being spanked ; blood poisoning 
has resulted and the man who only went 
in "for fun" got through with his coffin. 
But the danger of a physical death is 
comparatively remote. Spiritual demor- 
alization is certain and inevitable. Chris- 
tian men ought not only to have no 
fellowship with organizations of this 
kind, but should bear their testimony 
against them, as Jesus Christ has directed 
them to do. 



September, 1916. 



The Woodmen of the A\'orld lodge was 
organized by J. C. Root i^who also or- 
ganized the ^lodern \\'oodmen of 
American at the Paxton Hotel, in 
Omaha. Nebraska, on the 3d day of June, 
1S90. But the usual spirit of lodge ri- 
valry soon commenced to brew and, on 
July 20. 19 16. at Denver. Colorado, after 
twenty-live years of "fraternal" light. 
the Pacilic Jurisdiction, embracing Cali- 
fornia, Oregon, ^^'ashington. ^Montana. 
Idaho, Xevada. AA'yoming. Utah, and 
Colorado, withdrew from the Sovereign 

The cancellation of all linancial rela- 
tions was imanimously adopted, and all 
ties have been severed, even the 

A new ritual is also to be compiled by 
the Pacific Jurisdiction. The name of 
the order, however, is to remain : Wood- 
men of the A\'orld. 

Its Head Consul is I. I. Boak, and its 
Head Clerk is C. V. Beson, both of 
Denver. Its official organ will be Tlic 
Pacific JJ'oodDitvi, with ]\Ir. ^I. T, 
^Nloses as editor. 995 ^larket street, San 
Francisco, California. 

The headquarters of its female auxil- 
iary, the Women of Woodcraft, is lo- 
cated at Portland. Oregon, with ]\Irs. C. 
C. A'an Orsdall as Grand Guardian and 
^Ir. J. L. Wright as Grand Clerk, both 
of Portland. The official ors^an of the 
Women of AA'codcraft will be TJic Pa- 
cific Echo. 

Of the minor lodges there is. perhaps. 
none that is as strong as the Woodmen 
of the AA'orld. which now has approxi- 
mately 800.000 members. Texas having 
over one-fourth of the entire member- 
ship. Its insurance is far from being a 
safe investment. It has more of a religi- 
ous ritual than other minor lodges, since 
^Masons had a hand in writing it, and the 
ritual itself bears strong evidence of !Ma- 
sonic influence. Should anyone be in- 
terested in their ritual, please write me. 

In the supply catalogues of parapher- 
nalia dealers are listed the implement? 
that Woodmen use in their so-called side 
degrees. Some of the ceremonies in 
which these implements are used are 
dirty beyond description. When one has 
perused one of these supply catalogues 

he will realize more fully than before 
why it is that young men are sometimes 
killed in \\"oodmen initiations. 
July 29. 1916. 


She ran to cook his pancakes. 

And the 'phone bell rang. 
She rushed to start the coffee, 

And the phone bell rang. 
Breakfast, he went without it : 

"Good-bye," they had to shout it; 
She would have wept about it. 

But the "phone bell rang. 

She tried to dress the children 

And the 'phone bell rang. 
She went to wash the dishes. 

And the "phone bell rang. 
The parlor needed dusting, 
The chating dish was rusting. 
And the silverware disgusting. 

But the 'phone bell rang. 

The grocer stopped for orders, ■ " ' 

And the "phone bell rang. 
A neighbor came for gossip. 

And the 'phone bell rang. 
She thought by being hasty 
She could make some biscuits tasty, 
Her hands with dough were pasty, 

And the 'phone bell rang. 

All day the housework waited. 

AMiile the 'phone bell rang. 
Xo tinie for rest or labor. 

A\ hen the "phone bell rang. 
At last he came to fold her 
In his anus. "Poor 2;irll" he told her. 
For a second he consoled her, 

And the 'phone bell rang. 

— Xci^'ark Xcz<'s. 

"AMiy didn't you come for the wash 
yesterday. Liza?" 

"I ain't workin' no moh. ]\Iiss Elsie, 
since I jined de lodge. Use a Lily now." 

"What do yoti mean?" 

"Fse jined de Lily ob de Field Lodge 
ob de Daughters ob Solomon, and de 
lilies ob de fiel' toil not, neither do dey 
spin." — Ex. 

There's as much greatness in owning 

a good turn as in doing it. 

September, 1916. 



— Couitesy Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. 


"Some write their wrongs in marble: He 

more just. 
Stoop'd down serene and wrote them in 

the dust. 
Trod under foot, the sport of every 


Swept from the earth and blotted from 

his mind. 
There, secret in the g^rave. he bade them 

And grieved they could not 'scape the 

Almighty eye.'" 

— Dr. Samuel !NT\ddex. 



September, 1916. 

3lnl|n Qputnrg AJiamo — i'txtlj prpBtif ntlmtpJi ^tnUs 

[We will pulish from time to time, iinder 
this heading, extracts from the letters and 
addresses of Air. Adams on Freemasonry. 
These were written during the great anti- 
masonic agitation, following the murder of 
William Morgan by the Freemasons, and 
are a very valuable series both from a lit- 
erary and historical standpoint.] 

Ouincy, Sept. 22, 1831. 
To Edward Ingersoll, Esq. 
[Concluded from the August Cynosure.] 
That the oaths and penalties of Ma- 
sonry were not understood by the mul- 
titudes of ]\Iasons accessory to the 
commission of the nine crimes enumer- 
ated in my list as mere imprecations is 
self-evident. By them they were under- 
stood according to their plain, unambigu- 
ous import, as an absolute, unequivocal 
forfeiture of life, and an explicit con- 
sent of the person taking the oath that 
he should be put to death in the horrid 
manner described in the terms of the 
penalty if he should divulge the secrets 
of the order. But whether the penalty 
be, as it purports, a real penalty, or a 
mere iinprecation, will Mr. Miner say 
that it is a form of words and obligations 
fit to be administered with a solemn in- 
vocation of the name of God to a Chris- 
tian and a freeman? Cruel and unusual 
punishments are equally abhorrent to the 
mild spirit of Christianity, and to the 
spirit of equal liberty. The infliction of 
them is expressly prohibited in the Bill 
of Rights of this Commonwealth, and 
yet thousands of her citizens have at- 
tested the name of God to subject them- 
selves to death by tortures which canni- 
bal savages would instinctively shrink 
from inflicting. 

It has therefore been, in my opinion, 
ever since the disclosure of the Morgan 
murder crimes, and of the Masonic oaths 
and penalties by which they were insti- 
gated, the indispensable duty of the Ma- 
sonic order in the United States, either 
to dissolve itself, or to discard forever 
from its constitution and laws all oaths, 
all penalties, all secrets ; and, as ridicu- 
lous appendages to them, all mysteries 
and pageants. Believing this to be the 
duty equally indispensable of every in- 
dividual Mason to use in calmness and 
moderation all his influence with the fra- 
ternity to come to one or the other of 

these results. And I have, since the 
New York elections of the last autumn, 
deemed this to be a duty especially and 
above all incumbent upon Mr. Clay. I 
mean that he should have set a similar 
example to that of Washington, in en- 
deavoring to prevail upon the Order of 
the Cincinnati to dissolve themselves, or 
at least to discard the most exceptionable 
parts of their constitution, in which lat- 
ter purpose he succeeded. I have not 
said this to Mr. Clay because in the esti- 
mate of his duties he must be his own 
counsellor, and I know he has had ad- 
vice from another quarter, which he has 
dcubtless deliberately weighed. But it 
brings to me a point upon which I shall 
ask a few minutes further of your pa- 
tience for vour friend hereafter. 

John Quincy Adams. 

Reform work requires the sacrifice of 
opinion. We do not say the sacrifice of 
principle, but of opinion. Many men are 
l3oth good and opinionated. Indeed, 
since to be good implies a certain force 
of character and positiveness of convic- 
tion, the opinions of a man might almost 
be said to be proportionate to his virtue. 
It is proper for a man to have opinions, 
so long as these are open to change. 
Opinions are not necessarily right be- 
cause held by a good man. Alany a noble 
cause to-day is sufl'ering because of a 
needless clash of opinions as to how to 
do it, held aggressively and tenaciously 
by men who are all at heart convinced 
that it ought to be done. An opinion is 
not a rapier to be plunged into the breast 
of a fellow soldier, but a weapon to be 
laid aside in favor of another sword 
whenever it becomes established as a fact 
that the latter is the better arm. And 
such agreement as to the best mode of 
moral armament in the campaign against 
vice, for example, can only be had after 
earnest, candid and perhaps extended 
conference between the leaders of public 
opinion. — Selected. 

Elkhart, Ind., Mar. i, 1916. 
I enjoy reading the good messages the 
Cynosure contains and some of them I 
read publicly to my congregation. 

(Rev.) Samuel R. Foltz. 

September, 1916. 





The critical condition of the threatened 
railroad strike is such that it is difficult 
to write upon it with any assurance that, 
by the time the CvNOSi'Rh: is off the press, 
new developments will not hav^ com- 
pletely changed the situation. 

But whether the railroad managers re- 
main firm or are forced to concede the 
basic eight-hour day without arbitration, 
the principle of arbitration will remain a 
vital issue. Makeshifts and compromises 
will not settle it. They will only suc- 
ceed in postponing the day of settlement. 

Many articles have been written to ex- 
plain the demands of the employees and 
the stand of the railroads. We do not 
hold a brief for either side. It is prob- 
able that the employees are entitled to 
better living conditions. The struggle 
for reasonable hours of service, for bet- 
ter pay, and for the alleviation of dis- 
tressing conditions always strikes a sym- 
pathetic chord in our heart. 

The employes have rights which ought 
to be granted ; the railroads also have 
rights which ought to be conserved. The 
whole railroad situation is so complicated 
that there is no known method, other 
than arbitration, by which the strife can 
be settled with any degree of fairness. 
The rights of the 1,800,000 other rail- 
road employees who are not members of 
the unions involved ; the rates imposed 
on the roads by the Interstate Commerce 
Commission ; legislation and legislative 
control of one kind and another ; the 
rights of stockholders, of shippers and 
of the public, all complicate the question 
and, in the settlement, all these various 
interests can be given their proper con- 
sideration only by a board of arbitration. 

In standing hrm for arbitration we 
must agree with the railroad managers. 
It is a principle for which they contend, 
the loss of which w^ould lead to far more 
serious conse(juences than any mistakes 
or hardships which might be imposed on 
either party through its maladministra- 

President Wilson, we believe, is mak- 
ing a grave mistake in trying to force the 
concession of a basic eight-hour day on 

the ground that it is too late now to arbi- 
trate this phase of the question. Had 
the President used the same energy and 
great powers of his office to induce the 
employees to recognize the rights of 
the other 1,800,000 of their fellow em- 
ployees and the right of the country at 
large to have all of the dispute arbitrated, 
even as he has used it to induce the rail- 
road managers to abandon the principle 
on which they stand, it is our belief that 
public opinion the country over would 
have compelled the men to accede to ar- 
bitration, which they have never offered 
any worthy reason for refusing. 

It is a matter of record that the heads 
of the four unions of trainmen appeared 
before the Congressional committee in 
1913 and approved and urged the passage 
of the Newlands law, which \\;;as framed 
to meet just such an emergency as has 
arisen. Now, however, the union men 
Hatly refuse to submit their demands to 
this federal board of mediation, because, 
as Mr. Stone, head of the Brotherhood of 
Locomotive Engineers, says : "When a 
dispute goes to arbitration the men never 
get as much as they start out after." This 
is not an objection to, but rather an en- 
dorsement of arbitration in the mind of 
anyone w^ho realizes that there are two 
sides to every controversy. Says the 
Chicago Tribune, editorially: "Union 
leaders are of a necessity politicians, and 
they say many things for effect, like other 
politicians, but fair-minded men. includ- 
ing wage-earners themselves, do not be- 
lieve that union claims are always right 
and wholly right. They are ma'de up 
from one point of view, and that is fair, 
and they are made up for trading, and 
that is fair ; and therefore if boards of 
arbitration always or usually granted 
them in full that would prove, not that 
arbitration was right, but that arbitration 
was wrong." 

It is reported that President Wilson 
proposes to go to Congress and force 
the passage of an eight-hour law for rail- 
road employees. \\'ould it not be better 
public polic}' for Mr. \\'ilson to use his 
power as President to force through Con- 
gress a law compelling the arbitration of 
industrial disputes? This would not seem 
to be a more insurmountable task than 
the course he proposes to follow, and he 



September, 1916. 

could be sure that public opinion would 
back him in it. 

The great question is not wages, costs, 
hours, etc., but : Shall arbitration be 
abandoned in the settlement of industrial 
disputes ? If it is abandoned, we will not 
have industrial peace, but industrial 

W'q quote in full an editorial from the 
Chicago Tribune which forcefully sets 
forth that for which we contend : 

Arbitration at Stake. 

Behind the curtains of official privacy 
a struggle is now going on at Washing- 
ton which concerns every man, woman 
and child in the country. 

The citizen who does not watch the 
course of events and study the outcome 
carefully will do himself a wrong. 

The railroad crisis involves matter of 
direct importance to everyone in the 
country and its outcome will have results 
of consequence perhaps for generations. 

The outstanding and paramount issue 
is not whether transportation shall cost 
one hundred million dollars more, al- 
though that is important to every indi- 
vidual and every class. The outstanding 
and paramount issue is whether the 
claims of labor and of capital are to be 
determined by force or by arbitration. 

The issue does not confine itself to this 
controversy or to the transportation in- 
dustry. It reaches into the future and 
applies to all industry. 

The four chief union leaders in this 
controversy have repudiated arbitration. 
They say in effect that fair men to sit in 
industrial disputes are not to be found in 
this country ; that arbitration is a failure. 

The railroad representatives ask for 
arbitration. They have offered to submit 
their interests to arbitration under the 
Xewlands law, or to the Interstate Com- 
merce Commission, which is the best 
equipped body to determine the questions 
competently and fairly for all concerned, 
or to a special commission of arbitration. 

Here seems to be an impasse. How is 
it to be escaped ? 

If the basic eight-hour day is conceded 
at this stage it will have been won by 
force and not justice, and the principle 
of arbitration will be given a blow from 
which it will be a long time recovering. 
It is not a question of whether the men 
should be granted a basic eight-hour day, 

which is, by the way, a measure of pay 
and not a limitation of hours of labor ; 
it is a question whether that measure 
shall be determined by force or by fair 

The union leaders have repudiated ar- 
bitration. The railroad representatives 
demand it. If the public has any con- 
cern for industrial peace and present or 
future prosperity it will stand behind the 
principle of arbitration and let its will be 
known unmistakably at once. 

If political strategy is to play a part in 
the decision of this great issue, and there 
are ominous signs of this at the present 
stage of the controversy, the people had 
better take a hand before a small mi- 
nority, highly organized and apparently 
ruthless, proves that for them, at least, 
force has been more profitable than ad- 
judication. — Chicago Tribune, Aug. i8, 

It is important to have disputes men- 
acing to peace and prosperity adjusted 
peaceably. It is even more important, 
perhaps, to have them settled by methods 
of general application — by methods 
which give a full and fair hearing to 
each side for its cause, which do not rest 
on an extorted consent and are not im- 
posed by duress. 

Gratifying as it would be to all sen- 
sible men to have the perils of the rail- 
way situation averted, the Herald ex- 
presses the hope that any settlement that 
may be reached will not deal a death- 
blow to the right-hand maiden of peace 
— arbitration. — Chicago Herald, Aug. 18, 


The Odd-Fellozv Revien^ remarks that 
"It has been said, Traternalism is relig- 
ion humanized. It is the religion of the 
Master in motion ; it is both the theology 
and the politics of the Man of Galilee.' " 
This definition identifies with Christian- 
ity an organization like the well-known 
one that was formed for the purpose of 
evading a liquor law. It puts under the 
patronage of "The Man of Galilee" men 
sworn to keep murder secret and pro- 
tect the murderer. It identifies with 
Christian theology the dogma that it is 
improperly sectarian to offer fraternal 
prayers in Jesus' name. "It has been 
said." By whom? 

September, 1916. 




Only in order to expose the spirit of 
a great secret order which esteems itself 
a religious model, do we overcome the 
repugnance we feel in repeating the first 
paragraph of an editorial found in its 
monthly magazine. ''Music" is the sub- 
ject of the article. Who can doubt that 
some of the subscribers to their society 
organ were sorry to read what we copy 
with reluctance ? There is room for 
Christians outside the limits within which 
anything like this can be published boldly 
and read with enjoyment. 

''We have always felt that at the crea- 
tion, when the Almighty was settling the 
universe in order and starting it on its 
way, it was a really regrettable oversight 
that an additional command or two were 
not given — one of which might well have 

"Let there he music!" 


The various performances of Odd- 
Fellow initiation end in what is modestly 
named the "Royal Purple Degree." Re- 
quested by the editor of the O.-F. Re- 
view, an experienced member contrib- 
utes a column, for part of which we lack 
room. "I have been," he says, "an Odd- 
Fellow for 39 years, and in all those 
years I have never seen an encampment 
prosper for any length of time." It may 
be necessary to inform some of the un- 
enlightened that the encampment in- 
cludes the advanced degrees following 
the regular degrees of more ordinary in- 
itiation. He testifies that during a series 
of years when he "was scribe of the 
encampment, many, many times there 
was not a quorum present ; and our char- 
ter was retained only by the kind con- 
sideration of the grand officers of the 
encampment." He thinks that if the 
Royal Purple degree of the encampment, 
which, "in particular, is a gem in itself," 
. . . "could be made part of the third 
degree of the subordinate lodge, it would 
round out the degrees of Odd-Fellow- 
ship, and be of the greatest benefit to the 
order. There is no question," he pro- 
ceeds, "that the subordinate lodge is the 
acme of perfection, . . . but with the 
lessons of the Royal Purple degree to 
round out the other beautiful degrees 
our order would have— and will make — 

a deeper impression on frail humanity." 
By quoting a few lines more just as they 
stand, without retouching, we can secure 
to our readers the benefit of the quota- 
tion itself, together with a glimpse of the 
literary quality of an encampment scribe 
and red covered magazine contributor. 

"Pm not wishing to belittle the En- 
campment branch, but just look over your 
own Encampment and see if we are any 
better Odd-Fellows for being a member. 
Of course, it gives certain members a 
chance to serve as representatives to the 
Sovereign Grand Lodge, but it requires 
an extra night, and extra expense. I 
claim that it would be less of a burden 
to the members if the Subordinate lodge 
only was the principal motive, and that 
we give, as we have in the past, our 
whole attention to that branch of the 
Order. And any third degree member, 
who wishes to take the uniform degree, 
he can do so, after having obtained that 


As the utterance of a Grand Secretary 
of Odd- Fellows, the following is worthy 
of attention. It may be commended to 
the notice of any who are thinking about 
joining a lodge in order to become eli- 
gible to benefits. 

"It is patent that fraternal beneficial 
societies are due for radical changes, in 
so far as their beneficial features are con- 
cerned ; and w^ith Odd-Fellowship, in 
particular, it seems to the writer that 
the time is at hand for the material modi- 
fication of our minimum benefit law. . . . 
Let us permit lodges to limit the period 
for which benefits shall be paid, as a 
matter of right, to members ; and then 
the average lodge will be able to extend 
a larger consideration to the brother 
who 'needs' financial aid, and to whom 
one dollar per week is a mighty small 


The Odd-Fellow Review announces 
that "The new code of general laws of 
Odd-Fellowship adopted at the last ses- 
sion of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, with 
an appendix containing the constitution 
and rules of order of the Sovereign 
Grand Lodge, the Rebekah degree code. 
the Patriarchs Alilitant code, and the old 



September, 1916. 

constitution and former by-laws, are 
now ready for distribution. 

Of course the fundamental character- 
istics of an order are not materially al- 
tered by such revisions, or by variations 
in the rituals of dilTerent jurisdictions. 
Nothing of the kind does away with the 
actual history of the order and of its 
existing membership, or with continued 
custom in jurisdictions where revision 
does not take effect. Slight variation of 
phraseology need not alter essential 



Heading the article "For shame 

my country," and signing it with his own 
initials, the editor of Our Dumb Ani- 
mals makes the following statement in 
the August issue : 

''No outrage reported from European 
battlefields equals in horror the crime 
committed recently at Waco, Texas, by 
the crowd that mutilated, tortured, 
burned, Jesse Washington, a seventeen- 
year-old colored boy. . . . The wretched 
victim had been convicted, the sentence 
of death was to be executed that very 
day. The wild cry was not for punish- 
ment, not even for justice, but for tor- 
ture. The mayor of Waco stood looking 
down from his window upon the burn- 
ing, "unconcerned," the agent reports, 
save for the injury to the tree from 
w^hich the boy hung. The chief of police 
witnessed the lynching. The photog- 
rapher was engaged beforehand for the 
occasion. And we call ourselves a 
Christian nation !" 


A recent Boston ministers' conference 
listened to an address by a speaker from 
Philadelphia on "The laymen's place in 
the kingdom." He held that the efforts 
of laymen have been disproportionably 
expended in sustaining preaching and 
listening to it. One kind of talent has 
been developed by this means ; namely, 
the talent of attending church and listen- 
ing to preaching. Yet men are to do 
God's will while doing daily work ; they 
are to seek the kingdom of God in all 
institutions of which they form part. 
Industrial as well as evangelistic workers 
have a place in the kindom. Neverthe- 
less, plans have too much ignored what 
ought to be a large part of Christian ef- 

fort. In many churches, nine-tenths of 
the talent lies unemployed. The vision 
of the kingdom has been veiled. 

There can be no question that the ad- 
dress dealt with a subject of first im- 
portance, well worth fresh study in the 
light of Scripture. Along with an ac- 
count of many "Acts of the Apostles," 
the New Testament gives a glimpse of 
various acts of believers who are not 
named apostles. These early Christians 
rank in our estimation with laymen of 
the present time. One thing, therefore, 
that a laymen could wisely do, after con- 
sidering the subject of the recent ad- 
dress, would be to go through the New 
Testament, seeking indications of the 
part taken by laymen in early Christian 
work. Discovery of their participation 
would include discernment of the nature 
of such work as was then recognized as 
Christian. It will not be found to have 
been wholly of one kind. 

After thus looking the Testament 
through, an intelligent layman might find 
himself even better equipped for consid- 
ering some questions the answer to 
which may have been somewhat ob- 
scured by clouded perception of the re- 
quirements of practical Christian living. 
One of these questions can be noted 
here. It is this : has the church gone to 
an almost opposite extreme in discon- 
tinuing the practice of possessing tem- 
poral things in common ? Has it thus 
given the adversary occasion to speak 
reproachfully? Has it opened the way 
for secular societies to make disparag- 
ing comparisons on the basis of fictitious 
or even real temporal benefits? The 
truth or error of hostile allegations of a 
comparative sort is not the whole ques- 
tion. The real point raised here is 
whether laymen have negligently left the 
door open to disparaging comparisons, 
either well or ill warranted ; whether, 
indeed, they have even let their good be 
evil spoken of because it is left to ap- 
pear neither complete nor uniform. 


We dare not call anything like the first 
article in a recent issue of a fraternal 
magazine by those names which, never- 
theless, come to mind. Some printer 
setting up that kind of copy might hap- 
pen to call it ''flub dub;" some casual 

September, 1916. 



reader might name it "highfalutin/' or 
"spread eagle ;" or, again, some person 
preferring a more dignified term might 
speak of "grandiloquence." We will not 
assume ability to judge whether either 
characterization would be just or not. 
Perhaps it would be more modest to con- 
fess that our own mind is unable to per- 
ceive with ready clearness the clarity 
of a few expressions, although these 
may seem to adorn for the fraternal 
taste this first article of an Odd- Fellow 


What, really, does this statement 
mean? "We are permitted to gather 
here this evening and worship the laws 
of our land, and the laws of God, ac- 
cording to the dictates of our own con- 
science." Do Odd-Fellows, then, wor- 
ship laws ? To make the matter more 
perplexing, this permission to "gather" 
!and worship laws, is declared to be 
"through" Woodrow Wilson. Out of 
the midst of a long paragraph coruscat- 
ing with "progress," "inventive achieve- 
ment," and other phrases as brilliant as 
they are original, we lift this sparkling 
gem of thought : >i^ * * ''so let us 
consolidate ourselves into the great in- 
stitution that practices the purest prin- 
ciples of the universe ; the highest billow 
in humanity's evolution and the crown- 
ing effort of ages in the aggrandizement 
of man." We are lost amid efforts of 
ages heaving in billowy evolution. Go- 
ing back in history to that point "where 
Fraternalism relative to Odd-Fellowship 
first raised its white robe of purity to 
the heavenly lights," we find that, "Not 
until 1819 was its flag raised towards 
the skies, and liberty caught in human- 
ity's embrace and embodied in a great 
and loving fraternity." Never mind the 
rest of the sentence and the article, if 
only these selections can be explained to 
our already bewildered mind. 


Our readers will remember the name 
of Sister Moore as one mentioned w'ith 
honor by Sister Lizzie W^oods Roberson 
in her series of letters regularly pub- 
lished in this magazine. In "Editorial 
Notes and Comments," The WatcJiman- 
Examiner of May 4th speaks thus of her 
in a paragraph under the sub-head, "A 
noted missionary passes away." 

"Joanna P. Moore, who died at Selma, 
Ala., on April 15th, was a historic char- 
acter in women's work for home mis- 
sions. It was largely to sustain her ef- 
forts among the colored people that the 
WV)man's Home Mission Society was 
organized by Mrs. J. N. Grouse and oth- 
ers in 1877. She therefore stands in 
point of time at the very beginning of 
this great missionary organization. Miss 
Moore was born in I^ennsylvania in 1852 
and was converted in early life. She 
was educated at Rockford College, Illi- 
nois, from which she w^as graduated in 
1863. In the same year she became in- 
terested in the condition of the then re- 
cently emancipated negroes and began 
her efforts in their behalf. For fifty- 
three years she continued active in that 
cause. In 1884 she established at Nash- 
ville the headquarters of the fireside 
schools. It was her purpose that the 
negroes should be taught to read the 
Bible and good religious literature in the 
home, and be uplifted along many other 
lines. She was instrumental in estab- 
lishing homes for orphans and old peo- 
ple among the negroes. Quiet and 
Quaker-like in manner, she yet possessed 
a dominant personality and accomplished 
great things. Her noble w^ork has made 
her name an enduring one." 


Two new^ numbers have been added to 
our list of envelope size tracts: 

The Open Confession, by Dr. James M. 
Gray, D. D., Dean of the Moody Bible In- 
stitute of Chicago. From an address de- 
livered at the Annual Meeting of the Na- 
tional Christian Association, in Chicago, 
April 8th, 1910. 16 pages. Price, 2 cents 
each; a package of 25 for 25 cents. 

My Reasons For Not Joining the Masonic 
Fraternity, by Rev. R. A. Torrey, D. D., 
Dean of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 
From a letter written to Secretary Win. I. 
Phillips, from Binghampton, New York, 
December 29th, 1910, with permission to 
publish. 4 pages. Price, 2 cents each; a 
package of 75 for 25 cents. 

Greenville, Ohio, June 29. 19 16. 

Since I saw }'ou [ had the pleasure of 
showing another Redman lliat the relig- 
ion and worship of that fraternity are 
plainly antiscriptural. He is through 
with secretism. 

Edgar P. Ebert. 



September, 1916. 

Utm of ®ur Wotk 

The thanks of the Association are dtie 
to those who responded to the appeal for 
contributions towards the expense of the 
new edition of tracts — nearly 100,000 
and containing about 1,000,000 pages — 
which are oil from the press and are now 
in stock. 

]\Iany others doubtless thought as they 
read the Cynosure : 'T must send a gift 
for this cause," and then forgot to do 
so because they did not attend to the 
matter at once. We are giving you this 
new reminder and hope that you will ad- 
dress an envelope and put in a contribu- 
tion for the Association, and do it now. 

You know that there is a need also to 
raise about $6,000.00 during the year for 
state and convention work and for the 
wages of agents and employees. 

During August we received a little less 
than $100.00, which was doing very well 
for a vacation month, but September is 
here ; and let us plan to give as much 
as possible now, and more later. Let me 
hear from you by return mail, and very 
greatly oblige the National Christian As- 

Wm. L Phillips, Treasurer. 


The friends in Iowa will remember 
that the state convention, is to be held 
at Sheldon on October 17th and i8th. 
We have not received notice at the 
Cynosure office of the program or ar- 
rangements, but a letter of inquiry ad- 
dressed to A. M. Malcom of Albia or 
Dr. E. A. Taylor of Griswold will 
receive a prompt reply. Contributions 
for the Iowa work should be sent to Rev. 
A. H. Brat of Otley. More complete 
announcement will be made in the Octo- 
ber Cynosure. 

Wq were advised by Secretary Stod- 
dard that the Wesleyan Conference at 
Shodley Valley, Ohio, was very spiritual 
and very helpful to those who were per- 
mitted to be present. Quite a number 
of subscriptions for the Cynosure were 
received and much interest w<'\s shown 
in the work of the Association. 


Secretary's Minutes. ;.•' 

The Ohio Conference of the National ;'. 
Christian Association met at 7 130 o'clock 
p. m. on August loth, in the Wesleyan 
Methodist church of Canton, Ohio. The 
devotional exercise was conducted by 
Rev. I. A. Grise. 

In the absence of President xA. W. 
Harrold, Eastern Secretary W. B. Stod- 
dard was elected acting chairman. Rev. 
J. H. McLeister was elected secretary 
pro tem. 

The address of welcome was given by 
Rev. E. C. Gravina, which was re- 
sponded to by Rev. W. B. Stoddard. 

A ladies' quartette pleasingly rendered 
"In that Far Away Land," after which 
the chairman announced the appointment 
of the following committees : Nomina- 
tions — Revs. C. K. Brenneman, Wm. 
Kirby and Mr. A. M. Overholt ; Finance 
— Revs. J. H. McLeister, C. Z. Yoder, 
and W. B. Stoddard ; Resolutions — Revs. 
H. A. Brubaker, M. M. Taylor, and D. 
H. Roher; State Work— Revs. A. W. 
Sommer, A. H. Miller, and P. R. Lantz. 

Rev. Wm. Kirby, of the Friends 
church, Alliance, Ohio, gave an instruc- 
tive address on "Christian and Anti- 
christian Brotherhoods." 

After a song by the congregation. Rev. 
E. C. Gravina closed the session with 

The Friday morning session was called 
to order by President A. W. Harrold and 
the devotional exercises were conducted 
by Rev. A. W. Summer, who read 
I John 2. 

Convention letters from many Ohio 
friends were read and extracts from the 
same will be found elsewhere. 

New Officers. 

The committee on Nominations re- 
ported the following recommendations 
for officers : President, Rev. Martin L. 
Wagner, Dayton ; Vice President, Eld. 
I. J. Rosenburger, Covington; Secre- 
tary, Rev. C. H. Weber, Zanesville ; 
Treasurer, Rev. C. Z. Yoder, Wooster. 
The report was accepted and upon ballot 
the officers were duly elected. 

The committee on State Work re- 
ported on the need of a representative 
who would spend his time working in 
Ohio. It also reported that the Eastern 
Secretary had given about three months 

September, 1916. 



of his time during the year to labor in 
Ohio, and that the list of Cynosure 
readers was growing. The report was 

A helpful address was s^iven bv Rev. 
C. A. Yoder. on "The Christian and the 

Brother E. \\ Cale of Louisa, Ken- 
tucky, spoke on the evils of organized 
secret societies in the mountain regions 
of W est A'irginia. 

Prof. H. H. Hester, of Houghton, X. 
Y^., spoke of the educational needs con- 
cerning the secret society evil and of the 
position Houghton Seminary takes in 
opposition to the lodge. 

After prayer, the session adjourned. 

The Friday afternoon meeting was 
called to order by the State President. 
The devotional exercise was conducted 
by Rev. ]\Ir. Miller, who read Ephesians 

A very interesting and instructive 
short talk was given by Eastern Secre- 
tary AW B. Stoddard illustrating the in- 
side of the ^Masonic lodge. 

After a song by the congregation, the 
committee on Finance reported. The re- 
port was accepted. 


The committee on Resolutions gave 
the following report, which was discussed 
item b}' item and was unanimously 
adopted : 

Whereas, connection with secret 
lodges, as they exist in our land to-day, 
is clearly contrary to the teaching of 
God's Word, and opposed to all that is 
highest and best for mankind, and is 
destructive to man's spiritual being : 
therefore, be it resolved : 

First. That the Ohio branch of the 
National Christian Association, assem- 
bled in Canton, Ohio, does earnestly de- 
clare it to be their conviction that no 
agency of unrighteousness is doing more 
to destroy Christian faith in Christ 
Jesus, and the general happiness of the 
people of this nation, than the Secret 
Lodge System. Second. That in view 
of these facts it is clearly the duty of 
every Christian as well as of every pa- 
triot to exert their influence toward the 
complete destruction of the pernicious 
lodge system. Third. That our work 
should be largely educational and care- 
fully centered in Him who is "The Light 

of the W^orld." Fourth. That the dan- 
ger to our nation from organized plot- 
ting in the lodge should be constantly 
studied and loudly proclaimed every- 
where. Fifth. That we should con- 
stantly call attention to the "unequal 
yoke" and the antichristian fellowship 
of lodges, that all Christians may see the 
evil and separate themselves from such 
institutions. Sixth. That we should es- 
peciall}' warn against all ministers, who 
refusing light themselves, lead others 
into darkness. They are not only un- 
wise, but very dangerous to the com- 
munity and the church. Seventh. That 
we would have all men know that good 
causes should be promoted in Ciod's way. 
W^e believe many who refuse to unite 
with lodges known to l^e vicious are de- 
ceived into thinking they may consist- 
ently join other lodges claiming to pro- 
mote some good object. Eighth. We 
have reason to believe that God is pre- 
serving our belo\"ed nation from war. 
and have abundant reason to thank him 
for thus controlling its destiny. We have 
reason to thank God for the National 
Christian Association which with other 
enlightening agencies is helping to guide 
us into right paths, but we feel that the 
conditions of our time require strenuous 
effort to prevent our destruction by the 
powers of darkness. Ninth. That a 
vote of thanks is due and is hereby given 
to the pastor of the church in which we 
have met and to the friends who have 
so royally entertained us and aided in 
the success of our Conference. 

Brother A. 'M. Overholtz gave a his- 
torical account of the National Christian 
Association as he has known of it during 
the past thirty years. 

After a few remarks by Rev. W. B. 
Stoddard and the doxology. the after- 
noon session adjourned. 

The last session of the Conference 
opened by a song, "On Christ the Solid 
Rock I Stand," sung l)y the congrega- 

The minutes of the previous sessions 
were read an.d approved. 

After a song rendered by the ladies' 
quartette. Rev. W. B. Stoddard gave an 
edifying address on "Religion : Masonic 
vs. Christian." 

During the Conference, collections 
amounting to $32.65 were taken, which 



September, 1916. 

was a little more than enough to pay all 
expenses. The balance in the hands of 
the state treasurer is now $ii.o6. 

The Convention was closed by prayer 
olTered by Rev. L A. Grise. 

L. H. McLeister. 
Secretary pro tern. 


Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 9, 19 16. 
I take this occasion to relate an experi- 
ence that I had in my former charge at 
Cincinnati. As you know, the Christian 
Reformed Chiu'ch will not accept mem- 
bers of secret societies as members of 
the church. One of our young men at 
Cincinnati was a member of two lodges 
when I took up the work there. For a 
number of years he had paid little at- 
tention to the church, but through God's 
grace he began to take an interest in the 
services soon after I took up the min- 
istry there. He informed me that he 
was a member of two lodges and asked 
if he might talk the matter over with 
me. I invited him to oiu" home and to 
the best of my ability I pointed out the 
evils of the lodge. I allowed him to take 
with him a copy of Dr. Blanchard's 
"Modern Secret Societies." He returned 
the following day with the book and said, 
'Tf I had only read that some years ago 
it might have saved me from doing seme 
foolish things." Soon after, at the sac- 
rifice of the money invested in the lodges, 
he abandoned them both and stood his 
ground in spite of the repeated attempts 
of the lodges to have him reconsider his 
resignations and the confession he had 
made before our consistory and congre- 
gation. We may be assured that the 
angels in heaven rejoiced with us. 

(Rev.) Abram Dekker. 

Bellefontaine, Ohio, 
rjne evening not long ago I heard an 
excellent address on Mormonism by one 
who had been born and reared in that 
religion. He explained the manner of 
initiation into the Priesthood. The pen- 
alties reminded me of what I understand 
is found in the oaths of initiation into 
the Masonic fraternity — the cutting of 
the throat from ear to ear, the removal 
of the bowels, etc. Did the one take 
from the other, or did they both learn 
from the Devil? (Rev.) J. M. Faris. 

Asbury Park, N. J., July 31, IQ16. 
The god of this world is busy in the, 
darkness of his realm, but God is stilh 
King and some time this dark secret 
kingdom of Satan will be thrust into an 
eternal hell where it belongs. 
Let there be light ! 

(Rev.) S. p. Long. 

Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 2, 1916. 
May God's blessing rest upon the Con- 
ference, and may his spirit enable men 
everywhere to perceive the spiritual 
wickedness prevailing in the secret or- 
ders. It stands written : "And God 
shall send them strong delusions that 
they should believe a lie." The greatest 
organized lie, in my judgment, is the 
secret lodge. 

(Rev.) Martin L. Wagner. 

When I hear a young man is going to 
join I send him by mail Rev. 13:11 and 
Rev. 14:9-10, Rev. 15:2, Rev. 16:2, Rev, 
19:19, Rev. 20:4 and Rev. 20:10. 

I can do but little now except to pray 
and have faith to believe the good Lord 
hears and answers the prayers of his 
people. I am now 84 years old and yet 
the Lord has blessed me with health. I 
believe as long as the Lord gives us the 
ability, he gives us something to do. 
(Mrs.) L. B. Smith. 

North Lima, Ohio, Aug. 8, 19 16. 

I keenly feel the disappointment of 
not being able to attend the Ohio Con- 
ference this year. I am more convinced 
than ever that the principles and spirit 
of the Secret Lodge are in opposition 
to the principles of Christianity. I am 
more surprised than ever that so many 
Christian people are having fellowship 
with the unfruitful works of darkness, 
and that Christian ministers worship at 
rival altars. No wonder churches are 
empty, men conspicuously absent, and 
spirituality at low ebb. Secrecy is a false 
religion and spiritual fornication, and in 
public and private I witness against it. 

May God's blessing be upon the Con- 
ference and the work of the N. C. A. 
(Rev.) W. S. Gottshall. 

Akron, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1916. 
I trust that you may have a good Con- 
vention for the special cause you repre- 
sent is a good one and worthy the con- 

September, 1916. 



sideration and commendation of all men, 
but especially of Christians. 

My heart's desire is that the blessing 
of the Lord may rest upon each service. 
(Rev.) E. D. Crane. 

Among other letters to-the Ohio Con- 
ference were those from Eld. J. Swank, 
Clayton ; Miss Eliza F. Potter, Leonards- 
burg ; Rev. H. W. Thompson, Greer ; J. 
D. Allen, Lima ; J. J. Kohler, Canton ; 
A. M. Overholt, Wadsworth ; Mrs. 
Mary P. Morris, Roxbury ; Wm. Rott, 
Gallia ; G. H. Helmuth, Millersburg ; 
Rev. A. R. Lembke, Salem ; Eld. L J. 
Rosenberger, Covington ; and Mrs. Mary 
W. Templeton, LIuntsville, Ohio. 


While I was in San Jose I stopped 
with my old-time friend, Mr, D., who 
keeps a lodging house. He is a very 
good fellow, and is also a very devout 
Qdd-Fellow. While with him this time 
he lectured me very strongly upon my 
opposition to Odd-Fellowship, and with 
tears in his eyes told me of the many 
good traits of the order of the three 
links. He pointed with pride to their in- 
stitutions and homes for orphan children 
and the aged, but he did not care to dis- 
cuss the wrongs done by the order. His 
estimate of the leaflets which i^ou print 
was, "They are correct as ■ — ." I did 
not admire his profanity, but as he prides 
himself on being an authority on Odd- 
Fellowship, I was pleased to hear him 
testify that the expose vyas absolutely 

Oakland, Cal. Chas. G. Britton. 



Returning from Chicago to Holland, 
Michigan, I took up the work by ad- 
dressing a class of young men in the 
Central Avenue Christian Reformed 
church on Sabbath morning, July 23. At 
the close of my talk the teacher, Mr. De- 
Groot, told the class that on a previous 
visit of mine he had subscribed for the 
Cynosure, and by loaning his very first 
number he had rescued a young man 
from the lodge. He said that nothing 
that he had ever done in all his life had 
given him greater satisfaction. If all 
our readers were as thoughtful and dili- 

gent as this brother, not only in the use 
of the Cynosure, but of other antise- 
crecy literature, what a vast amount of 
good would result in the course of a 

The evening of the same day found 
me in Jamestown, Michigan, where I 
si)oke to an interesting audience in the 
church of which Rev. P. W. De Yonge 
is pastor. Here we enjoyed the co-oper- 
ation of Rev. George Hankamp, pastor 
of the Reformed church. Owing to th-e 
influence of these two congregations we 
have at this point a lodgeless community 
— a blessed condition, and one that might 
generally prevail if the churches and 
ministry stood firm on the subject. Quite 
a number of the good people here joined 
our Cynosure family, which is always 

My next point was Allendale, where I 
had a good audience on Alonday night. 
The pastor, Rev. J. C. Schaap, in intro- 
ducing me, alluded to the fact that I was 
a Quaker and said that when he was a 
boy he used to play church cut in the 
barn with the hens for an audience, 
w4iile the ducks that sat sedately at one 
side he called his consistory. Explaining 
the arrangement to his father, who 
chanced upon him in the midst of a 
service, the latter laughingly said, "You 
have a Quaker consistory." Well, the 
Quaker and these Holland friends had a 
good time together, and the consistory 
as well as the pastor approved the serv- 

Wednesday night found me at Xew 
Era, where we had another good meet- 
ing and enjoyed the kindness of the pas- 
tor, Rev. W. P. Heeres, who kindly took 
me to Hart in his auto. At the latter 
place I spent the day with friends of a 
pastorate of twenty-five years ago. It 
was here at Hart that I bore my first 
public testimony against the lodge, and I 
have always been glad for that begin- 
ning. But my old church (not Friends) 
is now served by a high degree Mason. 

Friday night I was at Spring Lake, 
the guest of Rev. Zwaagman. in whose 
church I had a meeting. It was exceed- 
ingly hot, but quite a number were good 
enouirh to come, and thev listened atten- 
tively. The next morning the ]:)astor 
went out with me and generously helped 
in securing- several new Cynosi're sub- 



September, 1916. 

scribers, wliich was a kindness to all con- 

The next Sabbath I was again in Hol- 
land, where I occupied the Methodist 
pulpit in the morning. Then I was taken 
in an automobile to East Saugatuck for 
the evening, where I was greeted by a 
splendid audience of young people in the 
Christian Reformed church, of which 
Rev. L. J. Lamberts is pastor. It was 
one of my best meetings, and the liberal 
offering at the close was much appre- 
ciated, as are all gifts to the work. The 
National Association can no more live 
and carry on its mission without the gifts 
of a people than a church can survive 
without the support of its members. If 
any who read this feel prompted to make 
an ottering, or a pledge, please send 
while the thought is fresh to our treas- 
urer, \\'. I. Phillips, and it will cheer us 
on the way. 

The limitations of space forbid my 
speaking, as I would like, of all the 
month's experiences. I have spoken at 
four Friends churches in Indiana, 
namely, Eountain City, New Garden, 
Dublin, and Milton. In all of these I 
was well received. I also addressed the 
Southern Michigan Conference of the 
A\'esleyan Methodist church at their 
camp grounds near Hastings. These ser- 
vants of Jesus are certainly holding fast 
that which has been committed to them. 
They encouraged me much. May Gcd 
bless them every one. 

Richmond, Ind. 



The sixteenth of August finds me in 
Holmes County gathering Cynosure 
subscriptions at Sugar Walnut and Mar- 
tin creeks. This is a beautiful section 
of country ; the large number of hills 
rising in their majesty in every direc- 
tion. An Irishman is said to have re- 
marked that he liked the hill farm be- 
cause he could work it on both sides. I 
am finding helpful friends here and the 
response in securing Cynosure subscrip- 
tions is as I expected. These healthy, 
happy people living among the hills have 
little time or inclination to go to lodges. 
Owing to my appointment to address the 
Ohio AVesleyan Methodist conference in 
Knox County to-morrow evening, my 

visit here is much shorter than I would 

My work for the past month has been 
largely centered on our state Convention 
at Canton. A large number of meetings 
contributed to the interest there. Of the 
contributing meetings the largest in at- 
tendance was in the Salem Mennonite 
church near Sonnenberg, Ohio. Brother 
A. W. Sommer, the pastor, gave very 
valuable help both in the church and Con- 
vention sessions. The pastor and people 
of the Wesleyan Methodist church in 
which we met showed much interest and 
aided greatly in our success. A quartette 
of the young ladies sang beautifully. 
Brother William Kirby's address was 
masterly ! He spoke as one having au- 
thority, and not as the lodge preachers. 
I trust his address will appear in the 
Cynosure. The discussions were all as 
animated as the weather justified. The 
attendance was composed largely of anti- 
lodge people, but some who were thought 
to be lodge members were present at each 

Lectures in the Free Methodist and 
Church of the Brethren, churches of 
Akron, called out a good attendance on 
busy week evenings. That of the latter 
church was the larger. 

My lecture in the Mennonite church, 
Leetonia, Ohio, was surprisingly well at- 
tended. The night was excessively warm 
but the congregation was provided with 
fans and endured the trying heat that 
they might know more of the lodge evil. 
Some are said to have come many miles 
in autos to hear the address. State Pres- 
ident Harrold of Columbiana was among 
those present. 

On the Sabbath prior to the state Con- 
vention I filled appointments at the Beech 
Grove Church of the Brethren, near 
Wooster, Ohio, and at the old folks' Men- 
nonite Home at Alarshallville, Ohio. The 
congregation was large at Beech Grove 
church. There are some thirty people in 
the old folks' home and several of the 
neighbors were called in to my meeting 
there. I said in opening my remarks that 
I did not wish to be as impractical as the 
man who gave a tract on the sin of dan- 
cing to a man with a wooden leg ; that 
I did not suppose there were any lodge 
people present nor were any of them 
likely to unite, but I was justified in 

September, 1916. 



presenting the matter to them as all have 
an influence to use for the right. I soon 
found that 1 was mistaken in my con- 
jecture, for an old gentleman whom I 
was later told had belonged to eleven 
lodges became very excited and ex- 
pressed himself violently: ''I came," he 
said, ''to hear a Christian speak of 
Christ, and not such stuff. I w^ould not 
believe a man under oath who would re- 
veal the secrets of the lodge." Brother 
D. C. Amstutz replied that he would not 
believe such a man as readily under oath 
as without an oath. I showed, of course, 
that the lodge oaths were bad and should 
not be kept. The unwisdom of the old 
gentleman added much interest to the 
discussion. He withdrew before the 
meeting was over. 

A ^lethodist minister, 82 years of age, 
bore his testimonv to what I said. He 
said : "You people do not know but what 
this man has said is a lie, but I know it 
is the truth. I was a ]\Iason of many 
degrees, and Chaplain in my lodge, but I 
left it when they would not allow me 
to pray in the name of Christ." I re- 
quested this brother to send his experi- 
ence to the Cyxosure. I might write 
much more of these testimonies, but time 
forbids. Brother G. A. Helmuth is my 
good helper in my canvass to-day. Those 
who cheer me on my way are too nu- 
merous to mention. ]\Iav God bless them 


Lexington, ^liss., Aug. 2, 1916. 
Dear Cynosure : 

I left Hot Springs on the 6th of July 
and stopped at IMalvern, Arkansas, 
where I taught a Bible lesson every 
night for ten days. We had good meet- 
ings and fifteen sinners were converted. 
I gave out tracts on the secret works of 
darkness, and many eyes are being 
opened to the lodge evil. Some who 
belonged to the lodges are ashamed to 
let any one know that they are members. 
Everything was quiet ; the men talked 
and looked at each other, but they did 
not say any threatening things where I 
could hear them. 

From jNIalvern we went to Paris, 
Texas, where there was a Holiness camp 
meeting. The whole town was burned 
to ashes since I was there last year. It 

is still a pile of debris and only a few 
new buildings are going up. Every tree 
was burned so there was no shade and 
the heat was terrific. The meeting, how- 
ever, was a great one and many sinners 
were saved. I gave out tracts and lec- 
tured on secret societies and ever after 
that men came in crowds as they always 
do whenever anyone tells their secrets. 
They come to see about it. I said, Wq 
separate from the sinners in the church 
and go into the lodges and fellowship 
with them there and call them '"brother" 
and say that the lodges came from the 
Bible. All who are Christians are broth- 
ers in Christ, let him be black or white, 
Methodist or Baptist. In every nation 
"he that feareth him, and worketh right- 
eousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 
10:34, 35.) When we go to the people 
with the gospel of Jesus Christ they 
don't want it ; especially is that true of the 
leaders of the people. They are like 
Amaziah in Amos 7:10. 15. They want 
us to leave their golden calf alone. 
Alany that got angry last year were 
friendly this time. 

I left Paris on the i8th of July for 
Shreveport, Louisiana. AMiile teaching 
a lesson one evening on Separation a 
woman in the congregation began to 
wring her hands and to cry. I asked a 
sister that sat near her what was the 
matter and she said, "She doesn't want 
to come out of the lodge. The pastor of 
this church has been telling her that the 
lodges are wrong, but she will not come 
out. She sees in 2 Corinthians 6:17 that 
God is calling his children to separate 
themselves from idolatry if they want 
him to receive them as his sons and 
daughters." The poor woman then cried 
out, "I am a widow and how can I give 
up my lodge ? I have paid too much 
money into it to afford to come out of 
it.'' I said to her. Dear Sister, we who 
teach the AA'ord of God can not make 
you come out. ^^'e only tell you what 
God the Father says about it and then 
leave the results with him. My duty is 
to warn the children of God and let them 
see their danger. It is for you now to 
decide whether you will be a daughter of 
God or not. She stayed away from the 
meetings for a few days, but at last she 
came back and grasping my hand, asked 
me to pray for her. Several were con- 



September, 1916. 

verted at this meeting. The lodge men 
gathered together and stood about on 
the outside of the place. Some kept up 
so much noise that I had to tell them I 
would call the officers if they did not 
stop. They quieted down and we had 
no more trouble. 

A\'e left Shreveport on the 26th of 
July and will be at Lexington for eight 
days, the Lord willing. 

Lizzie Roberson. 



I am encouraged by these blessed 
words of our Savior, "\>rily, verily, I 
say unto you. That ye shall weep and la- 
ment, but the world shall rejoice; and ye 
shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall 
be turned into joy." When the cross 
seems heavy to bear, I am reminded of 
Paul's admonition to Timothy, "Thou, 
therefore, endure hardness, as a good 
soldier of Jesus Christ," and then again I 
am cheered by his blessed assurance, 
"Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the 
end of the world." No matter how dark, 
stormy, and gloomy the night may be, 
these blessed promises which can never 
fail bring me strength. 

I have had heavy trials to bear during 
the past six months, and the lodge has 
taken advantage of what seemed to them 
an opportune time to force me either to 
join their Christless army or be silent, 
but, thanks be to God, the heavier their 
cruel hands of persecution, the more glo- 
rious seems my cross and the more de- 
termined I am to lift up my voice against 
the lodge, the saloon, and every othe'^ 
corrupting institution that is in the world. 

Some time ago a number of men said 
to be Xew Orleans' best citizens organ- 
ized a club and called it "The Hobgoblin 
Social Club." They have now reorgan- 
ized themselves into a secret lodge known 
as the "Mysterious Order of Hobgob- 
lins." Their costume resembles that of 
a ghost, and they propose to parade the 
streets on Halloween night of each year. 

There is another club here known as 
"The Bulls," composed of ministers, dea- 
cons, laymen, and business and profes- 
sional men of various kinds. One morn- 
ing a few Sundays ago, the Bulls had 
their "annual sermon" preached to them 
and paraded the streets at night until one 
o'clock. The streets through which they 

paraded were thronged with a mass of 
humanity. There was not a negro 
church in the city but what was affected' 
by the Bulls' parade, and some churches 
could hold no services at all. It is esti- 
mated that the parade alone cost many 
thousands of dollars for uniforms, re- 
galia, vehicles, music and refreshments. 
Just think of ministers and high church 
members desecrating God's holy Sab- 
bath ; deserting their churches and squan- 
dering thousands of dollars in one day 
in useless and sinful revelry, when there 
are thousands of the poor, the aged, of 
old and decrepit men and women and 
helpless orphans suffering for the neces- 
sities of life. Can such extravagant and 
thoughtless people ever hope to receive 
the blessing of God while they so fla- 
grantly violate his command? 

Since my last report I have attended 
one Baptist state convention, one M. E. 
district conference, one women's associa- 
tion conference, three ministerial alli- 
ances, and have solicited Cynosure 
readers. I have distributed antisecret 
tracts, delivered seven sermons, fourteen 
lectures, and made 685 visits in which I 
read the Bible, prayed and discussed the 
evils of secret societies. I have succeeded 
in saving several from joining the lodge 
and convinced at least three lodge mem- 
bers that they had made a grave mistake 
by joining a lodge to promote religion 
and virtue. I have also been able, by hard 
work to secure 59 Cynosure subscrip- 
tions for three months each, which, I 
believe, will greatly open the eyes of the 
blind and create a wholesome desire for 
a pure Christian life. I am reliably in- 
formed that a certain lodge element in 
this city has resolved to prevent me from 
securing any ministerial work here but I 
am trusting Him who saith, "The cattle 
upon a thousand hills is mine." "No 
good thing will he withhold from them 
that walk uprightly." Praise His name. 


I have just arrived home from a 
preaching trip among the hills of "Old 
Kentucky," and found your letter await- 
ing me, stating that I was elected to 
membership in the "N. C. A." Thank 
you, brethren. I wish to say that for 
years I have done all I could against the 
lodges and am still on the "firing line," 

September, 1916. 



showing the world that the only place 
to glorify God is in the Church (Eph. 
3:21), and not in the lodges. 

This makes my tenth meeting this year 
among the poor. At some of the places 
they gave me nothing buf a "bad name" 
(Matt. 5:11-12). My last meeting was 
held in a schoolhouse at Cave, Kentucky, 
down in a deep valley. It is situated 
something like Jericho and, I am sorry 
to say, most of the people there had left 
Jerusalem and were on the road to Jeri- 
cho. But it is not so now. When I 
first began to expose their foolishness 
they said, "Why, Davis doesn't know 
anything about us" (Isa. 29:15) but 
others said: "Come and see." Finally 
a few came and heard me. They stood 
out in the dark and listened until they 
got so mad they decided to stop me. So 
they got a big gang that was bound un- 
der a curse to come and put me out of 
business and stop my meeting. When 
they came and I was ready for them. I 
had my sword well whetted on "Gol- 
gotha's Rock." The great audience lis- 
tened for about two hours to the subject 
''The Marks of the Beast," and when 
I closed, many were convinced that I did 
know what I was talking about. One 
man said, "That is all true, for I have 
belonged to six lodges." I said, "The 
secret things belong to the Lord our 
God : but those things which are revealed 
belong unto us and to our children for 
ever" (Deut. 29:29), and Jesus says 
there is nothing covered that shall not 
be revealed (Luke 12:2-3). So now, the 
secrets that you have sworn to keep have 
been revealed and the thing for you to 
do is to ''come out from among them" 
(2 Cor. 6:14-18) and do all in the name 
of the Lord (Col. 3:17). Not in the 
name of the lodge. The lodge promises 
you protection here, but the Lord prom- 
ises you a great reward in the other 

I am glad to say that men began to 
see the truth and I am hoping for great 
results. To God be all the praise and 
may the N. C. A. continue to sound the 
alarm to the utmost parts of the earth, 
until the Church of Christ is known all 
over the world and the lodges are dead, 
is my earnest prayer. 

July 25, 1916. 

Quail, Ky. 

Dallas, Texas, July 21, 1916. 
It has been some time since vou have 
heard from me, but, thank God, I am 
saved and under the blood of Jesus and 
am still fighting the lodge. I have been 
canvassing in Fort Worth, Denison, and 
Paris, Texas, for the last three months, 
but am now in the field work again. My 
first stop will be at Dallas on the second 
day of August. You may send me some 
more tracts to take with me. 

I received your letter a few days ago 
stating that you had made me a member 
of the National Christian Association. 
I thank God that I am found worthy to 
be made a member, for, whatever I can 
do to advance the cause of Christ, I want 
to do it, and will do it. God is making 
me stronger and bolder for him. 

Yours in Jesus' name, 

Hannah Chandler. 

A correspondent in Washington, D. C., 
writes: I am subscribing to the Cyno- 
sure although I am trying to digest more 
magazines than I can w^ell handle, but 
if I do not have time to always read the 
Cynosure I know it will be all right to 
pass on, like the tracts, to others. Be 
assured that I shall always be interested 
in and try to help the people that need 
the Association's help, for the Lord's 
sake. There are a good many with whom 
I would like to have a personal word 
about secret societies, but at present, for 
certain various reasons, it is very diffi- 
cult. Hope to see my way clear to say 
and do just what the Lord wishes me to. 

Corona, N. Y., June 22, 1916. 
I find the Cynosure very helpful and 
instructive. I do not believe it would 
be possible for me to go into secret or- 
ders since I have received your maga- 
zine. S. H. Self: 

McCune, Kansas, Aug. i, 1916. 
Please find enclosed one dollar ($1.00) 
in payment of my subscription to your 
rare and valual)le paper. Long may it 
live and do the great work assigned it. 
Fraternally yours, 

(Rev.) Robt. A. Paden. 



September, 1916. 



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Last eve I paused beside a blacksmith's 
And heard the anvil ring the vesper 
chime ; 
Then, looking in, I saw upon the floor 
Old hammers, worn with beating years 
of time. 

"How many anvils have you had," said I, 
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'7ust one," said he, and then, with twin- 
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you know." 

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Li a recent issue of the Aafional In- 
dustrial Gazette is the following perti- 
nent item: "A Brooklyn judge has the 
right idea. During a strike of painters 
and p?.perhangers, last spring, Charles 
Dietz was attacked and so badly pum- 
melled that he is still a physical wreck. 
Daniel Bronstein and Harry Swinoff 
were arrested and pleaded guilty to the 
assault. The court sentenced the men 
to pay Dietz $ioo within twenty-four 
hours and to pay him $15 weekly until 
his physician pronounces him able to go 
to work. Finally, they were ordered to 
guarantee Dietz work at not less than $15 
a week when he recovers. L^nless they 
meet these conditions, they are to go to 
prison. H other courts would pronounce 
the same judgment, the work "of the 
union 'slugging' gangs would not be so 


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October, 1916. 


A dispute over the payment for a 
round of drinks served in the Eagles 
lodge rooms in North ^lain Street, Tues- 
day night, resulted in the -arrest of Den- 
ny Rigby, custodian, on a charge of 
selling liquor without a license. 

The charge was made by ^Irs. Eliza- 
beth Hampton, owner and manager of 
the Hampton Carnival Company. Rigby 
was arraigned in the city court \A'ednes- 
day morning and pleaded guilty to a 
charge of assault and battery, and also 
to one of selling liquor without a license. 
He was fined $i and costs on the first 
charge and $50 and costs on the sec- 
ond, making a total of $71, which he 

In the party assembled Tuesday eve- 
nino- were no less than ten or twelve em- 
ployes of the carnival company, equally 
divided among men and the" fairer sex. 
Admission to the club room w^as gained, 
it was claimed, through the fact that one 
of the party was an Eagle. 

Once inside, the party was given 
tables, and beer and whisky were served 
by Rigby, who accepted pay for drinks, 
it was charged in the affidavit. Not more 
than $5 or $6 worth of liquor had been 
consumed, said one of the party last 
evening, when they started to leave. 
Some dispute arose over the payment of 
drinks, which resulted, it was alleged, in 
Rigby striking Mrs. Hampton, and this 
was the basis of the charge of assault 
and battery. 

]\Irs. Hampton, righteously wroth, 
sought a police offxcer and explained her 
desire to have Rigby arrested for assault 
and battery. Deputy Prosecuting Attor- 
ney Thomas Davis heard the story and 
had the witnesses sign affidavits. 

r)fficers and members of the lodge are, 
quite naturally, deeply chagrined at the 
occurrence, but freely state that Rigby 
was acting entirely upon his own initia- 
tive and thereby exceeded his authority 
as custodian of the lodge room. — Goshen 
(Ind.) Nezi's-Tiines, September 6. 1916. 

Of course, the Eagles were "deeply 
chagrined." If Custodian Rigby had 
kept his temper, this Eagle joint would 
have gotten away with its illegal booze 
selling without such annoying publicity. 
If ^Ir. Rigby acts "upon his own re- 
sponsibility'' again and floors a customer 

with his fists, this nest of Eagles will 
likely select a more discreet man to run 
their business for them. 


The London Truth,, which has been 
telling its readers that the prefixes "sir,'' 
"lord," ''earl," "baron'' and the like can 
be adopted as Christian names by par- 
ents wdio may desire to distinguish their 
sons with high-sounding titles, has been 
asked wdiat w^ould happen w^hen these 
men married. "Mrs. Lord Jones" and 
"Mrs. Earl Brown'' would show the 
falsity of the husband's rank. Truth 
advises men bearing such baptismal titles 
to remain single, but adds that while 
they may not be able to confer titles on 
their wives they can at any rate elevate 
their daughters to the front rank in so- 
ciety by christening them "lady," "count- 
ess," "duchess," etc. There appears to 
be something in a name, over there, at 
least. — Exchange. 

A good idea ! And in this country we 
may expect to hear of some infant 
named "William General Grand High 
Priest Thomas'' or "Peter Sovereign 
Grand Commander Jones" or possibly 
"Henry Grand Patriarch Smith," or 
even "Alary Noble Grand Johnson.'' 


The editor of TJie American Free- 
mason, speaking of the Order of the 
Eastern Star, says: "To them w^e tender 
a puerile and even nonsensical ritual, a 
botched-up bunch of words. Even the 
emblem they are allowed to wear is a 
sample of Masonic stupidity and ignor- 
ance, being the 'star of evil' — in other 
words, the universally accepted symbol 
for the devil himself." 


Eour hundred "redheads" from In- 
diana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and 
Illinois held their first reunion in Indian- 
apolis on August 28th, and organized the 
Redhead League of America. 

The next reunion will be held there in 
August, 1917, the league decided. Leon 
Louis, of Anderson, Ind., was elected 
president. The only requirement for 
membership is that one must have red 

October, 1916. 





In these articles I have, for a good 
while, confined myself to the rehgious 
phase of the lodge question. I have done 
this because the supreme test of charac- 
ter is always the relation' which it sus- 
tains to the Lord Jesus Christ, our 
Saviour King, AMiile this is true, it is 
also a fact that all social questions have 
vai'ious bearings and it is right that the 
attitude of all organizations, especially 
those of wealth and large social, poli- 
tical and industrial power, should be 
tested on every side. 

Labor Unions in 1916. 

We have just passed through a most 
remarkably humiliating period in our 
national history. A national election is 
pending and politicians who are always 
anxious, are especially so. Four rail- 
way organizations have availed them- 
selves of this opportunity to make a de- 
mand for shorter hours without diminu- 
tion of pay. The railroads interested, 
after proposing arbitration and trying in 
various ways to harmonize differences 
and avoid the strike, refused the demand 
of the unions. 

President Wilson, the strike being im- 
minent, requested a conference with the 
railroad men and the union men. The 
presidents of a number of our great 
lines responded and the representatives 
of the unions were also in AA'ashington. 
The President, unfortunately, as it seems 
to many, assumed the position of advo- 
cate rather than judge and asked the 
railroads to do substantially what the 
unions desired. The presidents of the 
lines declined and still insisted that the 
demands were unreasonable and that an 
impartial consideration would show them 
to be so. The railroad men left the cap- 
itol, the union men lingered. President 
\\'ilson asked Congress to enact a law 
settling the controversy in the interest of 
the unions. 

The union men said that if this law 
was passed in eight and forty hours and 
duly signed by the President of the 
United States, they would recall the or- 
der for a strike. The law surreunder- 
ing these great industries to the dicta- 
tion of the unions was hastily drawn and 
crowded throudi the Senate and the 

House. A few men declined to vote on 
any legislation under such pressure from 
irresponsible bodies, but a large majority 
in both the Senate and House voted 
*'Aye" when the bill was called up for 
passage. The President signed it and it 
is now a law so far as an act of Con- 
gress and the signature of the President 
can make it so. Of course, it will be 
tested in the courts and it is the opinion 
of many able students of the law that it 
will be declared unconstitutional. 

Whatever may be the result of the 
trial in court, no self-respecting citizen 
can ever look on this transaction with 
anything but shame. It is a marvel that 
President W^ilson should have lent him- 
self to such a transaction. Of course, 
there is an excuse. A railway strike, 
sucli as was proposed, would have been 
a frightful experience, but it is not avoid- 
ed by this action, it is simply postponed. 
The issue will have to be fought out at 
some time ; probably it could have been 
done now better than at a later date. 
Taught of God. 

yir. J. 'M. Hitchock, one of our most 
faithful friends in the National Chris- 
tian Association work, was distinctly a 
man of God. He was. while I knew 
him, guided by the Spirit and had a 
prophetic instinct for the coming time. 
It is now nearly thirty-five years since 
he said to me in the old Farwell Hall, 
The great question of the coming years 
in our country will be between capital 
and labor, and the labor unions will be 
the heart of the whole discussion. I do 
not profess to remember his words, but 
to give his thought. 

When I myself began to lecture on 
this subject, forty and more years ago, 
I frequently said to audiences that lodges 
of all sorts constituted an iinperiiivi in 
unperlo, a government within a govern- 
ment. This is a situation which can 
never possibly be permanent in the na- 
ture of the case. The government with- 
in a government is necessarily a treason, 
a rebellion. The only end of such a sit- 
uation will be the triumph of the traitor- 
ous organization or its suppression by 
legitimate government. 

In this miserable condition we have 
been from that day to tlie present, but 
the evils have continually intensified. At 
the present time he would be a very rash 



October. 1916. 

nian who should tr\- to tell us where the 
goverrrneni of the United States is rea' 
]y lodged. It would seein to be far iro:^ 
the truth to say that Congress and th. 
President constitute that ultimate author- 

A question may arise as to the status 
of the Supreme Court. If :'- - outi 
should declare the legislation „. nsti- 
tutional and Congress should enforce 
the dec'aration. it wou-d seem that there 
may be a little light on this dark sub- 
ject. As it is. we shall have to wait, but 
as to the purpose and intent of the un- 
ions, there is not the slightest room for 

Ger.errui Treatment Necessary. 

1 nese particular unions are probably 
the highest paid labrr in the world at 
the present time. Legislation for years 
has been more and more pronounced in 
their favor. Now without discussion or 
ascertaining of facts, they demand an 
increase of pay : that is. the shortening 
of hours without diminution oi compen- 
sation, and the suppw^sed government of 
the countr}- says that they shall have it. 

I do not at this time raise the auestion 
as to the justice of the claim. Xo man 
who has thought a little about the rail- 
road business will deny or doubt that the 
men who p»erform that great service for 
the public shotild be safeguarded in every 
possible way. C>ne of the most obvious 
things that should be done for them, is 
to prohibit all Sabbath railroading. Thi? 
would be a blessing not only to the men 
but to the organization. So long as rail- 
roads are compelling men to breik the 
fourth commandment, they need not be 
surprised if ^ the men prcnreed to break 
the eight or the sixth on their own ac- 

The pay of men engaged in the nerve- 
racking work of running trains ought to 
be generous beyond the possibility of 
doubt. Xo engineer or nreman puts his 
foot in his cab except at the risk of his 
life. The fact that so few are killed or 
maimed, as there are. does not disprove 
this proposition. It shows that the la- 
1^3rers in this business are men of ver>' 
high t}"pe. I do not know what the wage 
scale for these union men is. If it is not 
entirelv ade uate. it ought to be made 
so. The public are able and they ire 
willing to pay enough for freight _.: . 

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sire to continue to do it se it is so 

vastly important. . 

If it is true that Freemasonr\- i^ 
mother of all modem secret societies, 

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Freeniasonr>'. As all we 
sons know. ever> step in 
is taken by the administrati 
tion of an oath. ~*^^ ^"* :. . . 
tice swears, the 1 _ 

Master Mason swears fifte 
times in taking his 
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ristians believe that 

October, 1916. 



this is a prohibition of. even civil and 
er.clesiastical oaths hut whether they are 
ri^ht or mistaken in *' mv, certainly 

no Christian man car. . :i to, afimin^ 
later, or receive such oathn as Freenla^- 
wnry administers wiriiout a shudrier, ii 
he he a spiritually minded man. 

Oatha for Slaves; Not for Free Men. 
There are ta'o fact.4 respeci:r*i( ihese 
oailiH well known to all my readers Imt 
'<j important that they should be contin^ 
ually before the public mind. The first 
fact is that oaths binri all who re- 
ceive them U) blinri and unijuestioning 
(^liedience to their lod^e superiors. .Some 
one said, I do not now rememiier his 
name, tliat Ma.sonic. oaths were oaths fior 
slaves and not for free men. This is 
iinijuestionably true. \'o freeman prom- 
ises to oliey any other man or organiza- 
tion wiriiout the opportunity for ques- 
tion. HJe wishes tO' know what he is tlrj 
do anri why he is CO' db it before he acts. 
This is sdf-evif!ent and requires no argti- 
nient, l)ut lodges bind men to secrecy 
and obefiience. They must not tell, and 
tiiey must obey, and they must obey 
promptly, without que.stion or dfeiiay. This 
characteristic has continued tli rough all 
the lesser societies, so far as I have 
knowlefige. It is true of tiie unions. 

Many a time hunrireds of American 
citizens employed in fact^t}^ or mill have 
thrown down their tools, abandoned their 
machines anri gone out into the street 
liecause s<;me man walked tlirough the 
rofjm snapping his fingers or making a 
sig5i. Many a man whose wages were 
entirely satisfactory, whose conditions of 
labor were unobjectionable, has left an 
employer whom he likeri anri imperiled 
the bread, of wife and children liecause 
he was directed to dO' goi 

Freemasonry trained a small company 
of young, active, aggressive men to this 
slave like obedience. They trained' otii- 
^r- and started other training schools t« 
rrain yet larger numbers of men until at 
die present time millions of our citizenn 
are unrier oatii to^ do what otJier men tel! 
fhi'.m to do. irrespective of their inter- 
,.cr- ^-^r ''"^^re.s. In the particular in- 
-lar.c". ' -'t us there was less of tihs 
tyranny manifest tJlan ow many (Mcar 
sions for there was a vote taken in all 
tlie railroad brotherhooris as to whetiier 
tile rank anri tile were willing tD strike. 

and tile result od tttis vote was that a 
large majorirv' of the men sairi that tliey 

w -r ' Co do SO: Any one who is 
f,i..... ..i.", hr>wever, witii lile methods of 

the lorige agents and lodge men will nut 
aCtach) Coo great importance to tiiis fart. 
That it has weight all will admit. That 
it proves that a majority of tile men 
really desirerii to strike is y«t open r.f> 

"Having My Throat Cut Across.' 

The otiter fact aiiout Masonic rjaths 
which should never be forgrvtten by tiiose 
who are consiriering tile ^juestion is tlie 
penaJt}'. calling f/or mutilarifn or deirii. 
which began with Freemasonn.' anri 
which like a baleful poison, has difuserl 
itself througji almost the entire family 
of secret societies. 

In cases where tlie penalty.' is not ftx- 
plicitly stated, it is often understrvori anri 
is sometimes inflicted. We have just 
gotten titrough with a long drawn out 
trial for -ilueging in <,liicago. The re- 
sult is that certain men have lieen con- 
victeri of l^is crime anri have iteen sent 
to priF.on, but the number of men who 
have been mutilated or inurderefi by 
labor union agents without any punish- 
ments being visiteri upon any one is so 
great as to stagger us. 

Pre.sidcnt James McCosli. of Prince- 
ton, many years ag«^j sairi that per sf^ns 
who lielongeri to secret societies were so 
cornipteri in tlieir moral anri rpiritiial 
natures that they lierame unahie to ^tis- 
criminate br*t^veen rigiit anri wring 
where dieir orders were involvefi. I 
think every thoughtful man knmvs tiiat 
this statement is quite true. < Jniy tiiis 
morning I met a gentleman who wore a 
badge of the r\'pograpiiicail uniiin. I saori 
to him. "You were crsmpeiled to join diac 
ini order to get a living'" He said. 
"Yes, tliat was just it.' My own sra- 
dents at times have been liounried tr* 
give t^ieir con.sent to iinite witii ttiis or 
some (5t^ier organization oi like -harac- 

A lleading man in Chirag< once -aid to 
me that all he coub! -io in his compo.sing 
rr)f:m wa.s to pay the bills. Anritiier 
great employer of labor in (Thicago sairi. 
when I asketi him if he had any trrjuble 
witJt thti union. "*\'o. F <io whatever tiiey 
tell me. Tllis is tile only way to peace 
widlout a long and terriric struggle. ' 



October, 1916. 

These frightful wrongs will continue 
until our Lord is here. \Mien he comes 
he will put an end to all forms of per- 
sonal and social injustice and will estab- 
lish righteous authority on the earth. 

"Even So Lord Jesus Come Quickly." 

Three times in the last chapter of the 
Bible our Lord Jesus said that he would 
. thus come, and John, with his loving 
heart and his tired brain sent up the 
prayer, "Even so come." I think this is 
the natural cry of all those who believe 
the Bible and seriously consider the prob- 
lems of our age. 

"Even so come Lord Jesus, come 
quickly" for the darkness deepens and 
will deepen until he is here. Any one 
who should have foretold, three years 
ago, the horrible things which have been- 
enacted in the air, on the land and in 
the sea during the past two years would 
have been considered a hopeless pessi- 
mist and the reckless slanderer of hu- 
man kind, but we have seen what we 
have seen and at present there is no pros- 
pect of a change for the better. 

Governments which have never been 
able to pay a little money for Bibles or 
missionaries are spending not only mil- 
lions and hundreds of millions, but bil- 
lions of dollars for the implements of 
war and the maintenance of fighting men. 
The manufacture of artificial limbs is 
becoming as great an industry as the 
manufacture of shoes and clothing. 
Schools for blind men, blinded in battle, 
and for maimed men, maimed in battle, 
are springing up in every one of the 
warring nations. 

The legitimization of illegitimate chil- 
dren is shamelessly proposed by enlight- 
ened governments in this Christian age. 
Boys and girls are encouraged to marry ; 
not because they care for one another, 
not because they have any work in life 
which they can do together, but because 
the young man is going to battle and is 
likely to be killed and it is hoped that he 
may leave a son to grow up and fill a 
place in the army later. This is so 
nauseating as to be an ofifense even to 
men;jon, yet it is deliberately proposed 
by statesmen and legislative acts in ac- 
cordance with the suggestion, are taking 

This is not among savages, at least 
not among those who have heretofore 

been known as .savages ; it is among the 
nations where they have the largest uni- 
versities, the most magnificent art gal- 
leries, the most remarkable bands of mu- 
sic and singing organizations, where they 
have cathedral churches and all the out- 
ward appurtenances of civilization. 

"If they do these things in the green 
bay, what shall be done in the dry?" If 
the highest attainments of civilization, 
apart from Christian faith and purity, 
end here, what shall we expect from the 
baser and less enlightened nations of the 
world ? 


Redwood City^ Calif., July 6. — Fu- 
neral services were held yesterday for 
Lewis C. Barrett of San Francisco, said 
to be one of the oldest Masons in the 
United States, and a close friend of 
Abraham Lincoln. Barrett and Lincoln 
belonged to the same Masonic lodge, 
Springfield No. 4 F. and A. M. 

Barrett died at a Belmont sanatorium 
A/fonday. Funeral services were held by 
Redwood Lodge No. 168, F. and A. M^, 
and interment was at Cypress Lawn 
Cemetery. — San Francisco Bulletin^ July 
7, 1916. - 

The following, by the well-known cor- 
respondent, William E. Curtis, in the 
Chicago Record of March 17, 1899, is of 
interest : 

'Tt is the popular impression through- 
out the country that President Lincoln 
was a Mason, but Secretary Hay says he 
was not. Several pictures of Lincoln in 
Masonic regalia have been published, 
with statements of men who claimed to 
have been members of the same lodge. 
Secretary Hay recalls that the question 
came up at one time during the war, 
upon the receipt of several letters of in- 
quiry, and Mr. Lincoln told him that he 
had never been a Mason." 


The Elk-Antler organ of the B. P. O. 
Elks, would seem to be a fertile adver- 
tising field for the liquor interest. The 
May, 19 1 6, issue contains ten beer, ten 
whisky, two wine, one bitters, and one 
wholesale liquor dealer's advertisements. 
The same issue devotes a whole page to 
an attack on prohibition. One-third of 
the advertising in this issue is of liquors. 

October, 1916. 




— Courtesy Chicago Daily News. , • ■ 


Not for many a year has such another 
despicable spectacle been presented to the 
people of the United States by their law- 
makers in Washington as the one pre- 
sented last week. Congress then went to 
amazing lengths of cringing subservience 
to legislate under the upraised lash of 
the leaders of the railroad brotherhoods. 
The bill that passed the lower house on 
Friday and the senate on Saturday, no 
sort of study having been given it in 
either branch, was passed merely to in- 
duce the four dictators to call off their 

Proposed amendments to the bill were 
rejected without regard for their merit 
because, as those in charge of the meas- 
ure announced, the brotherhood leaders 
would not accept them. That is to say, 
the bill was pushed through the legis- 
lative mill, not because congress consid- 
ered it just, for congress did not so con- 
sider it, not because congress had 
weighed the conseciuences, for congress 
had not weighed them, but because the 
lawmakers feared the effect of the threat- 
ened strike at this time upon their own 
political fortunes. Pusillanimity could 
no further go. 

The American public is aware that 
three bills were presented to congress 
the other day by President Wilson, all 
three ostensibly for prompt passage. 
Two of them were declared objection- 
able, at least in part, by the brotherhood 

leaders, who ruled the authorities in 
Washington. One of the two deals with 
the investigation and arbitration of dif- 
ferences between railroads and their em- 
ployes, and is intended to operate as a 
preventive of strikes. The other is 
meant to give the federal government 
the power to run railroad trains for mil- 
itary purposes in times of strikes or 
lockouts. Both were immediately buried 
by congress. If any real effort should 
be made to pass those two bills or more 
nearly adequate measures dealing with 
strikes on railroads, it might not be 
difficult for the railroad brotherhoods, 
now that they have learned the trick of 
ruling congress, to organize a strike to 
prevent their passage. If this should be 
done, would congress flop down on its 
marrowbones once more in abject sur- 
render ? 

In permitting itself to be ruled by 
threats of force congress has set an in- 
tolerable precedent. It has indicated its 
belief that the American people are as 
cowardly as is congress itself and as 
little ready to cope with difficulties, pre- 
ferring to compromise their souls and 
barter away their manhood for a brief, 
precarious peace. The chief price that 
the American peo]:)lc must pay for the 
pitiful servitude of their lawmakers is 
not in the increased cost of commodities 
that must follow higher freight rates, 
but in national humiliation, in national 
peril resulting from the exalting of force 



October. 1916. 

above reason and right and in weakened 
reliance upon justice worked out through 
the orderly processes of governmen:. 

It remains for the people of this na- 
tion to assert their right to rule and to 
rebuke ellectively their unfaithful rep- 
resentatives who have permitted them to 
be ruled through force. They must de- 
mand that compulsory arbitration be es- 
tablished to prevent strikes on railroads. 
— Editorial in Chicago Daily Xezcs, 
Sept. 4. 1916. 

Those who gave close attention to 
events in \\'ashington while the question 
of a strike or no strike was being sub- 
mitted to the political acid test at the 
white house and the capitol must have 
been impressed by the fact that the rail- 
roads to all intents and purposes were 
ottered a bribe by the authorities. Their 
representatives were given to undersrand 
that if tliey would accept the president's 
plan of settlement the heavy additional 
cost thus placed tipon them would be 
shifted speedily to the broad shoulders 
of the public, as their service rates 
would be advanced sufficiently to protect 
them from loss. 

In refusing the bribe the railroad man- 
agers may have acted less out of re- 
gard for the interests of the shippers 
and consumers of commodities, who 
stood to lose by any such corrupt 'bar- 
gain, tlian because of their knowledge 
that the precedent would leave the offi- 
cers of the transportation lines with lit- 
tle to say thenceforth about the opera- 
tion of the properties intrusted to their 
care. Under that precedent, now unhap- 
pily established in spite of the railroad 
managers through the indefensible ac- 
tion of congress, any group of dissatisfied 
railroad employes may hereafter declare 
a strike in the height of a national po- 
litical campaign and then undertake to 
secure their demands with the help of 
the governing agencies in \\'ashing- 
ton. . . . 

The railroads, which rejected the 
ottered bribe of higher rates, have 
still to discover how they are to meet 
the heavy expense resulting from the 
operation of the new law. If they tail 
to secure higher rates from the inter- 
state commerce commission, why shotild 
not thev. influenced bv the fantastic 

precedent which President ^^'ilson and 
congress have established, declare a 
strike on the country's transportation 
lines, the government atithorities being 
given three or four days in_ which to 
grant the desired increase in rates? It 
is true that the railroads are responsible, 
not irresponsible, agencies. It is true 
that they are under legal obligations to 
give uninterrtipted service to the public. 
But by the new rule of unreason that the 
president and congress have chosen to 
adopt mere questions of right and re- 
sponsibility are readily brushed aside. 

If the railroads should follow the 
policy of the brotherhoods, so ably cham- 
pioned by President Wilson, would the 
president hasten to urge the interstate 
commerce commission to surrender to 
the demands? If he should pursue that 
course would those who are now defend- 
ing the president's recent actions be 
eqtially ready to defend the fresh sur- 
render? If not, why not? Consistency 
is. as the adage asserts, a jewel. — Ed- 
itorial in Chicago Daily Xezi^'s, Sept. 5, 

Gcmpers Lauds Wilson. 

Lewiston. 'Me., Sept. 4. — In a Labor 
day address here Samuel Gompers, pres- 
ident of the American Federation of 
Labor, praised President AA'ilson's ad- 
ministration for its achievement in court 
in the Danbur}- hatters' and denounced 
the decisions of the Supreme Court in 
the Danbury hatters' and Arizona anti- 
alien law cases, which he pointed out 
were participated in by Charles E. 
Hughes, the Republican presidential 

In a lengthy discussion of the recent 
railway crisis he defended the attitude 
of the brotherhoods, and while he 
praised President Wilson for his efforts 
to settle the controversy he unqualified- 
ly denounced any attempt at legislation 
to compel arbitration. — Chicago Trib- 
une, Sept. 5. 1916. 

Trainmen to Support Wilson. 

Cleveland, O., Sept. 19. — A\'. G. Lee. 
president of the Brotherhood of Railroad 
Trainmen, issued this bulletin to the 
133.162 members of the organization to- 
day : 

"Surelv it is the dutv of not onlv our 

October, 1916. 



own members, but of all persons who 
work for a living, to support our friends, 
and, if possible, defeat our enemies at 
the coming election. Therefore it is 
urgently requested that the position 
taken by President Wilson and both 
branches of congress be not forgotten 
and that all members use tvery honor- 
able means to retain in office, regard- 
less of partisan beliefs, those who have 
proved their loyalty to the cause of la- 

It was announced that similar bulletins 
will be issued by Warren S. Stone of 
the engineers' brotherhood. A. B. Gar- 
retson of the conductors and \\'. S. 
Carter of the firemen. 

It was learned that in violation of 
tradition an editorial in the coming is- 
sue of the Railroad Trainman, the train- 
men's brotherhood official organ, will at- 
tack Republican Candidate Hughes and 
will urge the support of Wilson and the 
Den:ocratic national and congressional 
tickets. — Chicago Tribune, Sept. 19, 

During the strike conferences at 
A\'ashington great publicity was given 
to the words spoken by the president to 
the railroad managers. The public was 
not enlightened as to what he told the 
brotherhoods. Do the news items above 
seem to clean up the matter? 


The Canadian industrial disputes in- 
vestigation act was first enacted by 
the Dominion parliament in 1907 and 
amended in 1910. and is called by Pres- 
ident Eliot of Harvard the best piece of 
legislation ever adopted to promote in- 
dustrial peace. 

The law applies to employes in any 
mining property, agency of transporta- 
tion or communication, public ser^'ice 
utility, whether operated by steam, elec- 
tricity cr other motive power : steam- 
ships, telegraph and telephone lines, etc.-. 
and is made applicable to questions in 
dispute involving wages, hours of work, 
conditions of employment, and, in fact. 
every possible question that might be a 
matter of controversy and lead to a 

W. L. ^Mackenzie King, former Ca- 
n?dian minister of labor, in an address 
delivered several years ago. said : 

"The provisions of the act are very 
simple. The act provides that where a 
strike or lockout is threatened in any one 
of these industries, before such strike or 
lockout can legally take place, the par- 
ties must refer their differences to a 
board for settlement. 

"The act provides the machinery by 
which they make this reference. Each 
party must serve a notice informing the 
government that unless a board is ap- 
pointed a strike or lockout will take 
place: that they have exhausted all pos- 
sible means of arriving at a settlement 
between themselves, and that they ask 
the government to appoint a board. 

"The notice ser\'ed on the government 
contains a statement of the differences 
and a copy of that statement is required 
to be sent to the other party to the dis- 
pute. Then the minister of labor calls 
upon each of the parties to the dispute 
to name a member for the board. The 
m.en who are applying — or the company 
that is applying — in the lirst instance are 
called upon to nam.e a member and the 
two chosen in this way meet together 
and are given an opportunity to agree 
upon a chairman. 

"If they are unable to agree upon a 
chairman, then the minister of labor ap- 
points a chairman, or if either party 
fails to name a member of :' r ' j?-rd 
them.selves. the minister of iaL."jr ap- 
points some one to act in the place of 
the party not making the appointment. 

"This board almost has the powers of 
a court. It may compel the production 
of documents : it may subpoena wit- 
nesses : it may take evidence under oath, 
but its duty is primarily that of a con- 
ciliation board in the first instance and 
a board of mediation and only secondary 
to that of a court." 

To consider the relation of the Euro- 
pean war and the world distress to the 
mediatorial throne of the Lord Jesus 
Christ, in Tremont Temple. Boston. 
Massachusetts, October 17. 1916. Ses- 
sions 9 a. m.. 2 p. m. and 7:30 p. m. 
A strong program by many prominent 
speakers has been arranged. Pros^rams 
mav be secured from Rev. T. M. Foster. 
D. D.. 44 S. Russell St.. Boston, Mas- 



October, 191«). 


(Continued. ) 


Indictment Number Two. 

"Tliey ran greedily after the error of 
Balaam for reward." 

AA'hat was the error of Balaam? 
There are three words used in the 
warnings against Balaam, namely : the 
"error," the "way," and the "doctrine" 
of Balaam. The Scofield Bible gives the 
the following definitions of these terms: 
"The 'error' of Balaam was that, rea- 
soning from natural morality,- and see- 
ing the evil in Israel, he supposed a 
righteous God must curse them. He was 
blind to the higher morality of the 
Cross, through which God maintains and 
enforces the authority and awful sanc- 
tions of his law, so that he can be just 
and the justifier of the believing sinner.'' 
In this he was much like Cain, and is 
just like the average lodge leader of to- 
day ; but, as we have already dwelt on 
this same error in Cain, we pass it here. 

The "way" of Balaam is referred to 
in II Peter 2:15 and is as follows: 
"AA'^hich have forsaken the right way and 
are gone astray, following the way of 
Balaam, who loved the wages of un- 
righteousness; but was rebuked for. his 
iniquity." This "way" of Balaam refers 
chiefl}" to his mercenary motives, for, as 
Dr. Scofield points out: "Balaam was 
the typical hireling prophet, who was 
anxious only to make . a market of his 
gift."' In this respect also, Balaam's 
way is the way of the lodges ; it is the 
mercenary way. the cloak of religion be- 
ing used merely to cover up the selfish 
design ; the "way'' by which selfishness 
is christened "benevolence," and "char- 
ity"' is dispensed only to those who are 
in the sworn circle, and on the principle 
"I'll tickle you if you'll tickle me"; 
where "benefits" are pledged only to 
those who are least likely to need any- 
thing, and where men quite generally 
join for some business, social, or political 
advantage, after solemnly swearing that 
they had no such ulterior motive. But 
we pass that also and inquire into the 
meaning of the third word used, the 
"doctrine" of Balaam, for in this we 
find the evil fruitage of all that Balaam 
did to Israel ; his "error" did not result 

m cursing Israel 

and his "way" re- 
sulted only in his own rebuke, but' it was 
the "doctrine" that he taught them which 
corrupted the people whom he could not 

What Balaam Did. 
Rev. 2:14 states it thus: "But I have 
a few things against thee, because thou 
hast there them that hold the doctrine of 
Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a 
stumbling block before the children of 
Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, 
and to commit fornication," 

What, then, was the "doctrine" of 
Balaam? "It was his teaching Balak to 
corrupt the people whom he could not 
curse, by tempting them to marry the 
women of Moab, defile their separation, 
and abandon their pilgrim character. . . . 
It is that union of the world and the 
church which is spiritual unchastity." 

According to Numbers 31 :i6 the chil- 
dren of Israel were thus caused to com- 
mit trespass against the Lord in the mat- 
ter of Peor, and it was done "throug'A 
the counsel of Balaam." Failing to curse 
them because God would not let him, 
Balaam corrupted them by leading them 
to make such alliances with Moab as God 
had forbidden. Is it difficult to make 
the application here? Even a blind man 
can see how well it fits the Christians in 
the lodges. If Indictment Number One 
charges the secret orders with following 
the bloodless way, in their approach to 
God, then Indictment Number Two 
charges them with following the com- 
promised walk in their relations with 
the world. 

Christians Stultify Themselves. 

Every child of God who is an adher- 
ing member of the modern secret order 
is following the pernicious doctrine of 
Balaam by maintaining close, fraternal 
relations with God's enemies — by being 
unequally yoked together with unbeliev- 
ers, a thing which is as positively forbid- 
den the Christian of to-day as it was for- 
bidden the Jew of that day to affiliate 
with Moab. 

The Christian in the lodge is living in 
daily violation of 2 Corinthians 6:14, 
"Be ye not unequally yoked together 
with unbelievers, for . what fellowship 
hath righteousness with unrighteousness, 
and what communion hath light with 

October, 1916. 



darkness ? and what concord hath Christ 
with Belial ? or what part hath he that 
beheveth with an unbehevcr?" 

The lodges are full of such, and "how 
can two walk together except they be 
agreed?" That this chapter does not 
refer to marriage in any special or ex- 
clusive sense, as is held by some who 
seek to neutralize its force in this con- 
nection, is seen from the fact that it bids 
men who are thus compromised to ''come 
out from among them and be separate," 
and St. Paul surely did not here, or else- 
where ever urge the Christian wife to 
leave her unbelieving husband ; nor did 
he ever advise the Christian husband to 
quit his unbelieving wife. "Separation 
in Scripture," says Dr. Scofield, "is two- 
fold : from whatever is contrary to the 
mind of God ; and unto God himself. 
The underlying principle is that in a 
moral universe it is impossible for God 
to fully bless and use his children who 
are in compromise or complicity with 
evil. The unequal yoke is anything which 
unites a child of God and an unbeliever 
in a common purpose." "Thou shalt not 
plough an ox and an ass together," was 
the Old Testament way of putting it ; 
"Be not unequally yoked together with 
unbelievers" is the New Testament way. 
Masonry Inimical to Christianity. 

Said the Rev. J. P. Lytle, "Masonry 
has damned all who ever trusted in it 
for salvation. It is now leading away 
thousands from the church, and from 
paths of virtue, by association' with the 
intemperate, unclean, and profane, and 
is dragging them down the road which 
leads to the chambers of eternal death." 
Christian men sometimes say that they 
join the lodges in order to reach men for 
God, but such a service, begun with an 
act of disobedience, can end only in dis- 
aster ; we are not to do evil that good 
may come. God forbids such compro- 
mises, and it is only adding insolence to 
disobedience to ofifer such excuse. 

D. L. Moody, whose good sense and 
faithful testimony commended him to 
all the churches, had this to say: "I do 
not see how any Christian, most of all a 
Christian minister, can join these secret 
lodges with unbelievers ; you can never 
reform anything by unequally yoking 
yourself with ungodly men ;" and on an- 

other occasion : "If men would rather 
leave their churches than their lodges the 
sooner they get out of the churches the 
better ; I would rather have ten mem- 
bers who are separated from the world 
than a thousand such members." 

In Omaha, Nebraska, I called to see a 
lady who had written me for informa- 
tion on the lodge question : she told me 
that her husband had recently joined the 
Masons, largely through the influence of 
her pastor; that she was greatly dis- 
tressed about it, because she had per- 
sonal knowledge of so many men having 
thus been weaned away from their fam- 
ilies, and through the associations of the 
lodge to have lost all love for home and 
wife and children ; that they had learned 
to drink and carouse and gamble, and 
had finally made the lodge their church, 
so that they had neither moral character 
nor Christian hope left. She added that 
whenever she expressed her fears, or 
said anything against the lodge, her hus- 
band thought it sufficient to say, "Dr. 
Y— — - — • (their pastor) is a Mason, and 
he considers it all right." She concluded 
with these words : "As I do not want 
anything to come between me and my 
husband I say as little as possible about 
it, but it is just making my life miser- 
able, and I am praying especially that 
my pastor may not have too much influ- 
ence over my husband." Isn't it a sad 
thing, beloved, when one of the most 
active and most interested helpers that 
a minister has in his church must pray 
that her pastor may not have too much 
influence over her husband ? The prayer 
being prompted by the fear that 'the late 
hours, the evil associations and the se- 
cret ways of the lodge may some day 
spoil her husband and rob her of his 
company and his care. And who will 
say that such fears are not well founded ? 
This Presbyterian pastor was surely 
playing the part of Balaam, when in the 
guise of a prophet of God he led that 
man into such a fellowship. 

Two Seceding Judges Speak. 

Judge Daniel H. Whitnc)'. Worship- 
ful Master of Belvidere, Illinois, lodge, 
revealed no lodge secret when he deliv- 
ered himself of the following facts: 

"A Masonic lodge is the strangest 
medley of ministers and murderers, dea- 



October, 1916. 

cons and libertines, church members and 
gamblers, decent men and loafers, drunk- 
ards and rowdies, that the AU-Seeing- 
Eye looks down upon," and one does not 
need to be a "jiner" to know that there 
is more truth than poetry in the Judge's 

Prebendary Webb-Peploe of the Eng- 
lish church says, "There is nothing to- 
day that stands so much in the way of 
the progress of the cause of Christ as 
the compromised walk of the average 
church member," and, we may add, so 
long as our bishops, preachers, deacons, 
elders, and other church leaders continue 
like Balaam, to encourage the people to 
make such alliances with Moab and the 
rest of the unbelieving w^orld, while they 
themselves lead the way — just so long 
will the church be open to the charge of 
spiritual adultery, and the professed 
•'Bride of Christ'' will continue to re- 
main under the reproach of "playing the 

God wants his people to go all the way 
with him, to be out and out for him, and 
such will never need to "go down into 
Egypt for help," or trust the supply of 
their future needs to the spurious benev- 
olence, or the well-paid-for "benefits" of 
■ these self-centered societies. 

Yes, yes, my brethren, dancing and 
card playing, and theater going are all 
of them as bad as you paint them ni 
your pulpit utterances and on the_ plat- 
form when you urge men to "hit the 
sawdust trail," but they are not nearly 
so bad, or half as dangerous or wicked, 
as 'is the compromise suggested by 'the 
following clear and positive statement of 
Judge Merrick of Worcester, Mass., a 
man whose words have back of them 
the force of a good character, and a per- 
sonal knowledge of the things whereof 
he speaks. 

Judge Merrick says: "It is true that 
a Royal Arch Companion (to which de- 
gree I have been admitted, and the high- 
est office of which I have sustained) 
does swear that he wiU espouse the cause 
of a Companion when engaged in any 
difficulty, so far as to extricate him as 
such, murder and treason not excepted. 
I know that these most odious clauses 
are part of the obligation of that degree, 
for I received that obligation, and know 
that I have so heard it, and as high 

priest of a chapter have so myself ad- 
ministered it to others." 

(The fact that in one of the lower de- 
grees "murder and treason" are excepted 
is frequently used by Masons to make it 
appear that this testimony of Judge Mer- 
rick is false, and the statement is readily 
believed by those who have not advanced 
as far as the Companion degree). 

Preachers and Deacons, Attention. 

It will never do to aiTect the heroic in 
our denunciation of the saloon and kin- 
dred evils, so long as we encourage such 
heaven-insulting sins as these, commit- 
ted by men who heartily applaud our 
strictures upon the coarser sins, while 
utterly unmindful of their own more se- 
rious fault ; and the worst thing about 
this business is that the very preachers, 
deacons and elders in these lodges find 
it possible to do more for the unbeliev- 
ing worldlings in their fraternities (be- 
cause of their mutual oaths) than they 
will do for a brother in their church, and 
then will themselves point out the con- 
trast, shaming their church in the inter- 
est of their lodge ! Said a Congrega- 
tional deacon in a Michigan town, as this 
subject was being discussed at an official 
meeting of the church, "The man who 
kicks my lodge kicks me," and then he 
proceeded to tell us of a recent sickness 
in which he was visited by a committee 
from his lodge which had called to in- 
quire whether there was anything they 
could do for him, and he significantly 
added: "If I had waited for the church 
to do that, I'd be waiting still." Yet he 
was himself a deacon of the church and 
the superintendent of its Sunday school ! 
If that statement, coming from him, 
meant anything at all it meant this, "The 
man who kicks my lodge kicks me, but if 
he kicks my church I'll shout Amen ! 
Hear, Hear ! Go to it ! I'll help you !" 
That deacon had had for a pastor a man 
noted for his faithfulness in visiting the 
sick and looking after the needy, and 
this pastor for six years was compelled 
to solicit and collect every dollar of his 
own salary ; he was allowed to carry on 
his weekly prayer service without the 
help or presence of a single deacon or 
trustee, or other male officer of the 
church, all of whom were good lodge 
men, and loyal to their lodges. If that 
statement, coming from such a source, 

October, 1916. 



meant anything at all it meant, ''I will go 
to my lodge regularly ; will perform my 
lodge duties faithfully; but, though a 
deacon and a leader in my churchy I 
positively will not attend its prayer meet- 
ings ; will make my pastor solicit and 
collect his own salary after earning it ; 
will do all I can to keep the church as 
weak as possible, and then, after having 
done my utmost to neutralize my pas- 
tor's efforts, I will take pains to point 
out the contrast between the church and 
the lodge and will use my lodge as a club 
with which to lambast my church for its 
inefficiency ! I will first do all I can to 
weaken the church, and then I'll sneer at 
its faults, and shame it for its weak- 
ness!" That is very much like the 
youth who killed both his parents, and 
when about to be sentenced begged the 
clemency of the court on the ground that 
he was an orphan ; they hrst create a 
shameful condition in the church, and 
then point to that condition in the inter- 
ests of their lodges ; this means simply 
that they are better lodge men than 
church men, and this is always the efifect 
and the result of trying to walk with 
God and the church on Sunday, and with 
'the world and the lodge through the 

Balaam stands for world-conformity. 
Under Balaam's teaching Israel "joined 
himself unto Baal-Peor, and the anger 
of the Lord was kindled against Israel." 
They did not thus win the men of Moab 
any more than do the Masonic bishops 
and preachers of to-day win the w^orld- 
lings in their lodges to the Lord. The 
lodges score that way every time, while 
the churches grieve the Spirit of God, 
and lose power with men. 

In Numbers 31:16 we read: "Behold, 
these caused the children of Israel, 
through the counsel of Balaam, to com- 
mit trespass against the Lord in the mat- 
ter of Peor, and there was a plague 
among the congregation of the Lord." 
The "bloodless way'' has Cain for its 
sponsor ; the "compromised walk" has 
Balaam for its guide. 

(To be concluded. ) 


New York, May 25, 1916. — Secret so- 
cieties have been de(initely placed under 
the ban at Barnard College by an elec- 
tion held by the students, the result of 
which was made public. 

The secret societies which formerly 
existed in the college were suspended 
by the faculty three years ago, the sus- 
pension to expire on October ist of this 
year. The election was held to deter- 
mine whether the old organization should 
be revived after that date. A revival 
was decided against by a vote of 244 to 
30. At the same time it was voted that 
the college should have some form of 
social organization devoid of any na- 
tional affiliation or of elements of se- 
crecy. — Tlie Cleveland Neivs, ^lay 25, 

The Elks-Antler, May, 1916, in dis- 
cussing who are acceptable for member- 
ship, says to the candidate : 

"Does your income permit you to lay 
out the fee and dues without it affecting 
the needs of your family, or those de- 
pendent on your income?" And then 
remarks : 

"Some brothers might say, What about 
the poor man who wishes to be an Elk? 
To those I will say, What about the poor 
man who wishes to live in a mansion and 
have a 75-cylinder automobile ? The Or- 
der of Elks is a social order and not a 
'look out for me' game after I paid m}- 
dues, perhaps for six months." 

Poverty is a blessing to some men it 
they are forced thereby to keep out of 
such company. 

A man who lives right, and is right, 
has more power in his silence than an- 
other has by his words. — PJiillips Brooks. 


J. Z.— The Masonic Mutual Life As- 
sociation now carries no special benefit 
funds. All its business has been trans- 
ferred to the legal reserve plan and the 
full reserve at 35^ per cent is carried on 
every policy. In other words, it has be- 
come in effect an old line mutual com- 
pany. It had $11,052,500 of insurance 
in force on January Tst last. Its assets 
amounted to $775,^^37 and there was a 
surplus of $12,645 oxer all liabilities. — 
"Investors' Guide," Chicago Triuiuie, 
August 28, 1 91 6. 



October, 1916. 


Recent Testimonies. 


[Italicization is by the compiler.] 

From Uniform Discipline Adopted by Thir- 
teen American Yearly Meetings: 

The rights of individuals to freedom 
of action, within proper bounds, must be 
maintained, but it is the dtity of the 
Church to warn its members against 
whatever may. in any wav, interfere with 
the best development of Christian char- 
acter. The so-called "secret societies" 
may often have benevolent and useful 
provisions for their members, while at 
the same time there may be influences in 
their association that lower moral stand- 
ards, or lead away from religious inter- 
ests, or undermine the grounds of faith. 
The mere pledge to secrecy is a surren- 
der of manly independence that tends to 
moral decadence. Members of the 
Church should be very circumspect in 
these important matters, and they will 
find safety in complete avoidance of such 

From Discipline of Philadelphia Yearly 

It is the judgment of this meeting that 
our members ought not to join Masonic 
lodges or other secret organizations. 

While some of these societies are less 
objectionable than others, yet wherever 
the obligation of secrecy is attached to 
them they should be shunned by our 
members. If serious, reputable citizens 
join the less objectionable of these so- 
cieties, their example tends to encourage 
others to become members of those whose 
influence is still more pernicious. 

Secret societies are capable of pro- 
• diicing much evil, and are incapable of 
producing any good zvhich might not he 
effcted by safe and open means. 

Believing that membership in them will 

be detrimental to their religious welfare, 

we earnestly exhort all our members to 

keep clear of the whole system, and if 

any of them have become entangled in 

this snare, overseers and other concerned 

Friends should endeavor to convince 

them that their course is repugnant to 

our religious principles and testimonies. 

From Discipline of New England Yearly 
Meeting, 1785: 

[The following is of interest as being one 
of the earliest, if not the first, enactment 

of any church upon the secret lodge ques- 
tion. Friends were among the first to sense 
the utter wickedness of war and of human 
"slavery, and by the same spiritual instinct 
they discerned the antichristian nature of 
the modern lodge. — M. A. K.] 

As to the consistency of the members 
of our Society joining themselves in the 
meetings or public entertainments of 
those called Freemasons, we have delib- 
erated upon the subject, and according to 
our present judgment think it not con- 
sistent with our religious profession ; and 
advise that quarterly and monthly meet- 
ings dissuade their members therefrom : 
and if any do join therew^ith, contrary to 
the advice herein contained, they shall 
be dealt with. [There is said to have 
been an earlier enactment by the same 
body bearing date of 1772.] 

Views of Individual Friends. 

David M. Edwards, President Penn 
College : — After trying out the Secret 
Order proposition to a degree, I have 
come to the conclusion that there is noth- 
ing in it except a waste of time, and a 
chance for degeneration of ideals. I 
have uniformly, w^hen questioned upon 
the subject, advised against uniting with 
any Secret Order. I have never known 
anyone to be faithful to the Church and 
to Christ, and to the lodge at the same 
time. I do not say that there are none 
who have been faithful to both — not that 
it is impossible to be — but the tendency 
is against such. The whole spirit of se- 
crecy is contrary to Christianity.- 

Hannah J. Bailey, World's and Na- 
tional W. C. T. U. Superintendent of 
Peace : — Secret societies are pernicious 
in their tendencies, as there is abundance 
of proof. All suppressed questions and 
secret organizations are of course those 
that cannot bear the light. Doubtless if 
the principle of secrecy in organization 
were for the advancement of truth and 
righteousness in the earth Christ would 
have incorporated it in his church, but 
he declared, 'Tn secret have I said noth- 

Levi T. Pennington, President Pacific 
College: — Why have I never joined a 
lodge? For several reasons, but the su- 
preme one is this: I am commanded, 
whatever I do, to do all to the glory of 
God (I Cor. 10:31). I have never felt 
that I could associate myself intimately 
with men many of whom do not recog- 

October, 1916. 



nize the claims of Christ, agreeing in ad- 
vance to keep secrets, the nature of which 
I do not understand, and assume obliga- 
tions of the nature of which I am igno- 
rant, "to the glory of God.'' I have 
never failed to find ample scope for all 
my powers of service and helpfulness 
in the church. Secret societies, religious 
but not Christian, from whose very ritual 
the name of Christ must be excluded, are 
not, in my judgment, proper organiza- 
tions for a Christian. 

A. Edward Kelsey, Pastor and 3*Iis- 
sionary : — After nearly twenty years' ex- 
perience in church work I can testify 
that I have never had a member of a 
church who was a lodge member who 
was activelv interested in the work of 
the church. I do not say that it is im- 
possible, but this has been my experience. 
If our allegiance to Christ is what it 
should be, will not the demands of his 
kingdom and the fellowship of his peo- 
ple be sufficient for all our time, strength 
and needs? 

Albert L. Copeland, Pastor, Cincin- 
nati : — Among my acquaintances and 
friends there are a good many who be- 
long to secret orders, but I cannot call 
to mind a sinp-le one of these friends 
who has been made better by the secret 
lodge, judging by their lives and testi- 
monies. In my experience as a minister 
and pastor, and man among men, I have 
known those whose lives were adversely 
aflfected by secret orders. Further, I 
have never known a member of a secret 
order whom I would consider a deeply 
spiritual Christian, ^ly main reason for 
not endorsing secret orders may be 
summed up thus : Secret societies hinder 
the spiritual growth of members and 
thus the lodge becomes a' hindrance to 
the work of the church. 

Joshua L. Baily, Philadelphia : — Not- 
withstanding the beneficent objects 
avowed by secret societies, so far as I 
have had an opportunity for judging, I 
believe that their influence in many im- 
portant respects pernicious and at vari- 
ance with Christian teaching. 

Sylvester Newlin, Pastor, High Point. 
N. C. : — Though often solicited to join 
some secret society, I have never had 
any idea of doing so, and am sure I 
never shall. In these days we all need 
so zealously to guard the home that we 


will have no part in anything that divides 
the household, or takes people away 
from the home more than is necessary. 
Our work is to get people to "seek first 
the Kingdom of God" — putting first 

William L. Pearson, Friends' Univer- 
sity : — Both the basic principle and the 
chief purpose of Christianity and of se- 
cret societies are radically different. . . . 
Secret societies hinder the truth, when 
they should promote it ; they conceal the 
truth, when they should reveal it. Secret 
societies select comfortable people for 
their members ; Christianity seeks the 
poor and needy. Secret societies help 
their own ; Christianity saves the world. 
Secret societies teach mere truisms and 
preach platitudes to their own- restricted 
circle and coterie ; Christianity proclaims 
Christ in all belie\ers, the hope of glory, 
"admonishing every man and teaching 
every man in all wisdom, that we may 
present every man perfect in Christ." 

L Gurney Lee, Pastor. \'ermilion 
Grove, 111. : — Before my conversion I 
joined the ^lasons and went as far as the 
Royal Arch degree. I knew the Blue 
Lodge thoroughly and initiated many 
into the mysteries of the order. When 
Christ came into my life I instinctively 
felt that the whole system was wrong 
and that I ought to get ou^, which J did. 
I am no longer a ^Mason. 

Among my chief objections are these: 
The ironclad oaths that are administered, 
and the horrible penalties that are at- 
tached for their violation. Then the 
whole lodge system is religious, claiming 
to be founded on the Bible, and to teach 
men to live better lives, and vet as a 
system it is utterly Christless. It teaches 
salvation by works and not by faith in 
Jesus Christ. 

In fifteen years of pastoral work, with 
one or more secret order men in every 
pastorate, I have never found an active, 
loyal lodge man who was at^ the same 
time an active, loyal Christian. One 
must, and always does 

S. Edgar Nicholson. 
Friend : — I have never 
tion to join any secret order. In my 
voung manhood days, before 1 had any 
special conviction on the question, I was 
kept from yielding to solicitations to join 


wav to the 

Editor American 
had anv inclina- 



October, 1916. 

this or that order, lirst because I knew 
P'riends protested against it, and second 
because it seemed to me to be a useless 
waste of valuable time. Later I had a 
conviction that the church not only cov- 
ered or should cover all obligations in 
rendering benehcent and humanitarian 
assistance, but that it constituted a fel- 
lowship for which no secret organization 
could furnish an apparent substitute 
without danger to the spiritual life of 
the individual. I could never take the 
oath of the lods^e, thus bindins: mvself 
unnecessarily to keep inviolate the se- 
crets of others, believing as I do in the 
free personality of every man as a priest 
imto God, and recognizing my obligations 
to him alone. 


The Discipline of the Y'early [Meeting 
of the Religious Society of Friends held 
at Cape 3^Iay. X. J... July 6th to 13th. 
contains the following : 

"lender a tender concern for the pre- 
servation of our' members in that purity 
and simplicity which become our Chris- 
tian profession, we earnestly caution 
them against connecting themselves with 
societies requiring of their members a 
pledge of secrecy. These frequently draw 
their members away from their families 
and their business into places and prac- 
tices inimical to their best interest, and 
may also lessen their interest in their 
religious meetings. The convivial meet- 
ings of some of these societies, their 
ostentatious precessions, and high soimd- 
ing titles are inconsistent with our re- 
ligious profession. Our Divine ]^Iaster 
encouraged his disciples to stand as a 
city set upon a hill, which could not be 
hid. They were to let their light shine 
before men, that others seeing their good 
works, might glorify our Father who is 
in Heaven. Overseers and other con- 
cerned Friends are advised to extend 
timely caution and admonition to all 
cases where any of our members have 
joined such societies, and may be in 
danger of thus being led astray by them." 


Behind him lay the grav Azores 
Behind the gates' of Hercules - \ 

Before him not the ghost of shores. 
Before him only shoreless seas. 
The good mate said: "Now must we prav, 
For, lo I the very stars are gone. 
Brave admiral, speak, what ^hall I say?" 
"Why say, Sail on I sail on I and on!"' 

"Aly men grow mutinous day bv dav ; 
^ly men grow ghastly, wan and weak." 
The stout mate thought of home : a sprav 
Of salt-wave washed his swarthy cheek. 
"AMiat shall I say, brave admiral, say 
If we sight naught but seas at dawn?'"' 
■"Why you shall say at break of dawn, 
Sail en I sail on I sail en I and on!"' 

^ They sailed and sailed, as winds might blow, 
Until at last the blanched mate said : 
'^Why now not even God would know 
Should I and all my men fail dead, 
these very winds forget their way, 
For God from these dread seas is gone. 
Now speak, brave admiral, speak and say — " 
He said, "Sail en ! sail on I and on !'' 

They sailed. They sailed. Then spake the 
mate : 
"This mad sea shows its teeth tonight. 
He curls his lips, he lies in wait 
AVith lifted teeth as if to bite! 
Brave admiral, say but one good word: 
\Miat shall we do when hope is gone?" 
The word leaped like a leaping sword : 
"Sail on! sail on! sail on! sail on!" 

Then pale and worn he kept his deck. 
And peered through darkness. Ah. that night I 
Of all dark riehrs! And then a soeck — 
Alight! Alight! Alight! Alight! 
It grew, a starlit tlag unfurled ! 
It grew to be time's burst of dawn. 
He gained a world ; he gave that world 
Its grandest lessen: "On, sail on!'' 


"Sacred Aims I Foul Barrio!! Snaix 
Crawl!!!" This is not Jap lingo, but 
the fraternal call of a great order. 

Members of the ]vlilitary Order of 
Serpents, associated with the \ allejo 
horde heard the message from the great 
jungle last night and crawled to the lair 
at A^terans' Hall to elect officers for the 

ensunig vear. 

On the day of Pentecost Peter was 
not preaching in front of the people and 
wondering whether they would like it. 
He was preaching to them. — ^lorgan. 

The .Snaix is a side order of the Span- 
ish A\'ar A'eterans, who cavort, in b'^r- 
baric fashion on special occasions. The 
order is based on a mystic rite of a sav- 
age tribe in the Philippines, and the rit- 
ual. Americanized, is said to be the last 
word in weirdness. 

October, 1916. 



The following otiicers were elected by 
the Snaix last night to the sweetly ac- 
cented officers: Gu Gu Grandissima — 
Adam Gill : Thrice Infamous Inferior 
Gu Gu, C. A. Wilkinson : Lord High 
Keeper of the Sacred .Amphora, W. L. 
Coombs : Most Highest Datto, T. E. 
^Morrison: Most Higher Datto. T. P. 
Leonard: Most High Datto. H. E. Gil- 
mour ; Chief Ladrone. Fred Arnold : L'n- 
godly \'illain, George Smith : Thrice Du- 
lect Yawler of the Jungle, John Schief 
ley: Insidious Thimiper of the S 
fied Sheepskin. John \\"right: Lord x..^.. 
CompeUer of the Sacred Bull Cart. Le- 
roy Alvord: Exalted Dog Roc t-. :: : e 
L'nhallowed Loat, L. A. Pc: : r.' : De- 
praved Pangula. H. A. Warren. 

These new dignitaries will be :::;'.■':'. 
at a special meeting next ^^ei -r-::i. 
night, and at this gathering. 2^ re:: r :ed 
infidels will be taught to crav.l — 
I Cal. ) Times, A _ ■;: 2:. : : \ 


KZV. J. v.. BURTOX. 

Perhaps the readers of the Cofiscrz-af?r 
would appreciate this bi: :: ::e . 5 :: r . 
from the Ohio State / \ :: -v, 

30. 1916: 

"Letters have tee:: se::: :ut by Dr. 
Walter G. Clippinger. ; re-: lent of Ot- 
terbein College at Wester i/r notifying 
s:uce:::s of the action of ::-r rd of 
trustees on the fratemit\- question. 

" Tnstead of requiring that a fcrr. -' 
pledge be signed.* reads the letter. : -r 
(the trustees* have requested that v.e 
make it clear in the act of ma:ri rela- 
tion itself that the students pledge :. r:r.- 
selves not to join or to retain memoer- 
ship in any such society.* 

"Dr. Clippinger has sought to break 
up the growing tendency of the students 
to clique and organize into secret soci2- 
ties. 'College fraternities and college 
societies have been discountenanced at 
all times." reads the letter, 'because thev 
interfere with the fullest development : 
the democratic ideal of the university.' 

"It is said that many students of Ot- 
terbein have become members o:* '^"ic^x 
letter fraternities which hold su : -;_ 

"No definite punishment has been set 
forth for those students who refuse to 

comply with the demands of the trustees, 
or who violate the irr. ;'' " \:e, but 

it is said th" ' ; ■ '" l:-::::-;ed." 

It seems -.;::- ;.r "--*e-- 'f 

Otterbein L niversitv : :. 

fra: : - ; : :. r :: 

the chur : ..eir u. K. . secret 

societies, ii ...z "orders" are gc ' ' " 

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Salem. Ohio. August 11, 1916. 
It is for us ministers to make the 
N. C. A. w:>rk a success. If we minis- 
ters don't do it. who will? It almost 
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October, 1916. 

3Inhu (J^utnrg A&ams — i^txth JlrratliFnt Ituttrii f^tatrs 

[We will pulish from time to time, under 
this heading, extracts from the letters and 
addresses of Mr. Adams on Freemasonry. 
These were written during the great anti- 
masonic agitation, following the murder of 
William Morgan by the Freemasons, and 
are a very valuable series both from a lit- 
erary and iiistorical standpoint.] 

Ouincy. 23 September, 183 1. 
To Edward Ingersoll, Esq. 

Dear Sir : From the nature of the ^la- 
sonic oath$. penalties and secrets, and 
the construction given to them — not a 
forced and unnatural one. but conform- 
able to the plain import of their terms — 
by multitudes of ]\Iasons in tlie western 
part of Xew York, the crimes imme- 
diately connected with the murder of 
\A'm. ]^Iorgan were committed. I charge 
them therefore upon the institution ; and 
if Alasonry had been ttntil then a per- 
fectly innocent and even useful institu- 
tion, from the time of the commission of 
those crimes it would have ceased to be 
so. From that time the community ac- 
nuired the right of calling upon the fra- 
ternity to discontinue and renounce at 
least the administration of oaths, the 
imposition of all forms of penalties, and 
all secrets whatever. 

A large and increasing portion of the 
community have made this demand, a 
demand just and reasonable in itself, and 
the more .so as the oaths, penalties and 
secrets have been divulged, not onlv by 
^lorgan's book, but by the concurring 
testimony of numerous seceding INIasons. 
The oaths, the penalties and the secrets 
— whether all disclosed with perfect ac- 
curacy or not. whether understood as 
they were by the murders of ^lorgan or 
as explained' by the defenders of ]\Iason- 
ry — are unreasonable, odious, and. I be- 
lieve, unlawful. The oaths of all ]\Ia- 
sons heretofore admitted, if they ever 
had any binding force, are dissolved by 
the fact of the public disclosure of the 
secrets which they had bound themselves 
Lo keep. Their country calls upon them 
to disclaim henceforth and forever all 
secrets, and as incidental to the injunc- 
tion of them, all oaths and penalties. 
This reasonable and moderate call has 
not only been resisted by the great body 
of Freemasons throughout the United 

States, but no man, high or low, eminent 
or obscure, has dared to avow this opinion 
and unite in this call without being as- 
sailed in his reputation, robbed of his 
good name, insulted, abused, and vilitied 
openly and in secret, by individual ]\Ia- 
sons. and by organized "lodges, a body of 
at least two hundred thousand men scat- 
tered over the whole Union — all active 
and voting men, linked together by se- 
cret ties for purposes of indehnite ex- 
tent, bound together by oaths and penal- 
ties operating with terrihc energ}- upon 
the imagination of the human heart and 
upon its fears : embracing within the 
penalty of its laws the president of the 
United States and his leading competi- 
tors : and winding itself round every 
great political party for support, like the 
poisonous ivy round a sturdy oak, and 
round every object of its aversion like 
the boa constrictor round its victim. Such 
in faint and diluted colors is at this time 
the image of the ^^lasonic institution in 
these United States. 

Commanding despotically a large por- 
tion of the public press, intimidating by 
its terrors multitudes of others, and amid 
all its internal dissensions uniting with 
the whole mass of its power against ev- 
ery common adversary, one of the most 
alanning and pernicious characters in 
which it now presents itself, is that of 
its political dominion. You tell me that 
you are antimasonic in your opinions 
and feelings, but are perplexed by the 
mixture of politics with antimasonry. 
But you place herein the ettect before 
the cause. The mixture of politics is 
with ]\Iasonry. It is the misfortune of 
^Ir. Clay to be entangled with ^lasonry. 
and I sincerely regret that he has not 
felt it his duty, as I think it was, to 
shake oft his shackles. His motives. I 
have no doubt, were generous, but the 
eltect is that he sustains and identities 
himself with the ^lasonic cause. That 
cause is now sustained only by such ar- 
tificial and unnatural pillars. Xeither 
^Ir. Clay nor you (forgive me for say- 
ing: ^) estimate at its true value the cause 
of antimasonry. You look chiefly to the 
motive of its supporters and distrust 
them too much. 

October, 1916. 



You ask if Masonry should be made 
answerable for the crimes of a few indi- 
vidual ^lasons. Should the royal gov- 
ernment of Rome have been abolished 
for the violence committed upon a single 
woman ? Should the decemvirate have 
been subverted for the murder of \'ir- 
ginia by her own father? Should the 
tribe of Benjamin have been exter- 
minated for the brutal abuse of one 
Levite's concubine? Should the British 
nation have gone to war with Spain for 
the cutting oft by a few Spaniards of 
one smuggler's ears? In all those cases, 
and in numberless others which swarm 
in human history, the connection be- 
tween the crime and the institution made 
answerable for it was infinitely more 
remote than the cluster of ^Morgan mur- 
der crimes is from the vitals of ^lasonry. 
I have spoken only of the crimes com- 
mitted at the time. Look at the govern- 
ment of the State of New Y'ork, strug- 
gling in vain from that time to this — 
five long years — to bring the perpetra- 
tors of the murder to punishment. See 
judges, sheriffs, witnesses, jurors, en- 
tangled in the net of ^lasonry, and jus- 
tice prostrated in her own temple by the 
touch of her invisible hand. Several of 
the "'abductors'' have indeed been con- 
victed, and among them one sheriff" of a 
county. Three or four upon their own 
confession of guilt. Y'ou say you "have 
been told by men who care much more 
for truth than for ^lasonry that there is 
no reason to believe that any ]\Iason has 
refused to give testimony on account of 
^Masonic obligations." ]\Iy dear sir. go 
to the records of the courts. Y'ou will 
find witnesses refusing to testify upon 
the express ground of ^lasonic obliga- 
tions, avowing that they consider those 
obligations paramount to the laws of the 
land. Y'ou will see them contumacious 
to the decisions of the court, fined and 
imprisoned for contempt, suff'er the pun- 
ishment rather than bear the testimony, 
and. instead of expulsion, be refunded. 
at least in part, for their fines by contri- 
butions from the lodges. I give you 
names: Isaac Allen. Eli Bruce, Ezekiel 
lewett. John Whitney, Orsamus Turner, 
ferastus Day, Sylvanus Cone, Elisha M. 
Forbes, Benjamin Enos. 

You will find much more. Y'ou will 
find ^lasonic grand and petit juries, sum- 
moned by Masonic sheriff's, eager to sit 
upon the trials, perverting truth and jus- 
tice when admitted on the array, and 
often excluded upon challenge to the fa- 
vor; and last of all, you will find one of 
the men most deeply implicated in the 
murder, screened from conviction by one 
Mason upon his jury. 

"It is not and it can not come to good." 

That this enormous train of abuses 
should be sustained by those who have 
it is abhorrence, and that every indi- 
^•idual denouncing it should be hunted 
down as if he himself were a pest of so- 
ciety, because ^Masonry has fastened it- 
self to the skirts of both General Jack- 
son and ^Ir. Clay, to sink or swim with 
them, is itself one of the most objec- 
tionable properties of the institution. 
Clay ^Masonry has become not only the 
familiar denomination of a great poli- 
tical party, but of a party which, to put 
down a high, pure and virtuous mani- 
festation of popular sensibility, takes to 
its bosom Jacksonism itself. So it was 
in all the New Y'ork elections of last 
November. So it has been in the elec- 
tions of the last ^lassachusetts legisla- 
ture. Clay ^lasons gave Xew Y'ork to 
the Regency to put down the Antimason 
Granger. Clay ^lasons made a Jackson 
man a senator for our county of Ply- 
mouth over a National Republican, with 
300 more popular votes, because, for- 
sooth, he was the antimasonic and his 
competitor the ]\Iasonic candidate. And 
yet I hear ]\Iasons complain of proscrip- 
tion and disfranchisement. 

I may. perhaps, publish part of these 
letters, but without at all implicating 
you. Show them, if you please, to Mr. 
Walsh, as the moonstruck visions of your 

ToHx Ouixcv Adams. 

Hooks. Tex.. Sept. 5, 1916. 
Enclosed please find one dollar (Si) 
for which please send me the Christian 
Cynosure for one year, beginning, if 
possible, with the August issue. It cer- 
tainly is gratifying to find a paper that 
treats the lodge question so openly as 
does your paper. Rev. H. J. Luker. 
Evangel. Luth. Pastor. 



October, 1916. 



Secret orders, like the Jesuit order 
and those composing the Federation of 
CathoHc Societies, can probably be cred- 
ited with large responsibility for the 
passage of a peculiarly outrageous bill 
by the National House of Representa- 
tives. The bill is said to have been drawn 
by professors in the Roman Catholic 
University, and its peculiarly anti-x\mer- 
ican character is emphasized by its being 
an attempt to apply mediaevalism to 
judicial action in the District of Colum- 
bia, which includes the seat of national, 
government and is under the immediate 
government of Congress. Under its op- 
eration, so far as we can judge from 
present information, any child living in 
the District of Columbia, and for any 
cause whatever brought before a court, 
could be committed by the court to any 
institution, wherever located in the 
w^orld, if some asylum or other institu- 
tion would receive it. The institution 
might be in Canada, South America, 
Mexico, or Rome — no matter where. No- 
tice of the little victim's commitment 
would not be sent to its parents nor to 
a guardian of the child. Knowledge of 
the place to which a child w^as sent, once 
it had been hailed inio court on some 
trifling charge, would be strictly secret. 
Neither parent, relative, guardian, nor 
friends could l^arn where the child had 
disappeared. Such law making in the 
twentieth century and in America would 
have been accounted a blot on the his- 
tory of darkest Europe if done in the 
tenth century. 


A representative lodge writer ends an 
article with this anecdote : "We recall a 
large lodge that had been for two hours 
acrimoniously discussing a knotty prob- 
lem of sick benefits, and an unhappy feel- 
ing of 'acidity' was about every brother's 
heart. At a pause, a dear old brother 
rose, lifted his hand, and began the old 
well known hymn : 

Blest be the tie that binds 
Our hearts in Christian love ; 
and all joined — or at least so many that 

no one was missed from the musical 
pathway of good-will that opened.'' 

At the same time, borne along on the 
tide of music and fitting the metre, the 
"sectarian'' word, "Christian," slipped 
by. ''Inter arma silent leges/' and among 
musical strains the harsher periods of 
law are hushed. 


A startling narrative, beginning in the 
JVide World magazine for September, 
purports to reveal a "secret chapter'' of 
the life of a man who saved his life by 
submitting to an initiation which made 
him a member of a cruel pagan tong. 
At this point his case resembles that of 
the woman who saved her life bv sub- 
mittmg to Masonic initiation — a singular 
exception, which appears to be well 
authenticated. The editor of the maga- 
zine declares that "There is only one 
adjective that properly describes this 
story and that is 'amazing.' " Readers 
will be apt to agree with him. We have 
studied the author's picture with care, 
striving to discern identity with the self- 
portraiture which seems drawn in dis- 
tinct lines, of narrative rather than de- 
scriptive self-revelation. It may be hard- 
ly fair to draw from scenes so extremely 
peculiar proofs to sustain the inference 
that the gifted writer is weak at the 
point of promptness of discriminating 
practical judgment. He seems almost 
unconsciously venturesome, though some- 
times coming to belated appreciation of 
his own mistakes or risks. For exam- 
ple, here is one short paragraph : 

"In their van was the Chinese leader, 
who had earlier given the word to seize 
us. Directly I saw him, a means of 
protection for our entire crowd flashed 
through my brain. It should have oc- 
curred to me at the first sign of danger, 
but the fact remains that it did not." 

The same mental characteristic may 
partly accoimt for the story itself as now 
written, for, "even now, after the lapse 
of many years," the author "has been 
warned of the danger of incurring the 
enmity of his persecutors afresh by the 
publication of this narrative." Being 
published, it is a story of adventure in- 
teresting to the general reader, and pecu- 
liarly so to one who cares for a glimpse 
into the depths of a pagan secret order. 

October, 1916. 




The corner stone laying of the Frank- 
lin Park Methodist church, located on 
Madison avenue (Cohimbus, Ohio), near 
the park, on Sunday afternoon, August 
6th, was very impressive. Over 400 
brother Masons formed the procession, 
headed by the Blue lodge members, the 
worshipful master and officers of Mag- 
noHa. and followed by the Grand Lodge 
of Ohio. 

The procession marched to the foun- 
dation of the new church, where the 
services were conducted in due Masonic 

The impressive Masonic service of 
laying the corner stone w^as performed 
by the Grand Lodge. Campbell M. Vor- 
hees, worshipful master of Magnolia, 
presented the acting most excellent grand 
master, Charles J. Pretzman, with the 
trowel, and requested him to proceed 
with the laying of the corner stone, which 
instructions were carried out in proper 
form with the assistance of members. 
Brother PL B. Courtney delivered the 
opening prayer, and Brother R. R. Rick- 
ley then deposited the box in the cavity 
of the corner stone, with record of the 
official families, and names of the officers 
of the church and Sunday school, also a 
copy of The Central Ohio Mason. 

Every lodge in this jurisdiction was 
represented, showing the interest mani- 
fested in cementing the ^lasonic bodies 
and the church of Jesus Christ. Brother 
Nathanial E. Butler, pastor of the 
church, pronounced the benediction, 
after which the Grand Lodge and Mag- 
nolia Lodge returned to the temple. — 
The Central Ohio Mason, August 11, 

We do not find, from the above ac- 
count, that the Church had any part in 
its own corner stone laying except to the 
extent of having a copy of its official roll 
and a list of its officers buried in the box 
in the stone. It is true that the pastor 
pronounced the benediction, but, as he is 
a Mason and in a measure at least is re- 
sponsible for the complete surrender of 
this distinctly church afifair to his lodge, 
this might be considered a Masonic event. 

We also learn from the August 4th 
issue of The Central Ohio Mason that 
the church was ''consecrated" with the 
corn, wine and oil ceremonv. Let us 

look at that ceremony and see what sort 
of a consecration this edifice received. 

''Mackey's Masonic Ritualist," p. 208, 
gives the ceremony, from which we 
quote : 

"The Deputy Grand Master then pre- 
sents the Grand Master with the golden 
vessel of corn, saying: 

" 'Most Worshipful, I present you with 
the corn of nourishment.' 

"The Grand Master then scatters the 
corn upon the stone, and the Senior 
Grand Warden presents him with the 
silver vessel of wine, saying: 

'' 'Most Worshipful, I present you w^ith 
the wine of refreshment.' 

''The Grand Master pours the wine 
upon the stone, and the Junior Grand 
Warden presents him with the silver 
vessel of oil, saying: 

" 'Most Worshipful, I present you with 
the oil of joy.' 

"The Grand Master pours the oil upon 
the stone^ and standing in front of all, 
and extending his hands, he makes the 
following invocation : 

" 'May the all-bounteous Author of 
Nature bless the inhabitants of this place 
with all the necessaries, conveniences, 
and comforts of life; assist in the erec- 
tion and completion of this building; 
protect the workmen against every acci- 
dent ; long preserve this structure from 
decay, and grant to us all a supply of the 
CORN of nourishment, the WINE of 
refreshment, and the OIL- of joy. So 
mote it be. Amen.' " 

Thus we see that the church edifice, 
erected by the members as a church for 
the worship of the Son of God, has been 
"consecrated" by an outside organiza- 
tion, not to Him, but for eating and 
drinking and joy. 

The members of this church ought to 
be indignant that their pastor or any set 
of men inside or outside of their church 
should permit such an offensive cere- 
mony to take place, and especially so 
when they consider the antichristian 
character of Freemasonry. 

The whole ceremony of corner stone 
laying for public buildings is one big 
laudation of Masonry : the procession, 
the triumphal arch, the odes, ''Hail, mys- 
terious hail, glorious Masonry,'' and 
"Hail Masonry Divine," the prayers, ad- 
dresses — everything is in laudation of 



October, 1916. 

Masonry. The address of the Grand 
^Master to the assembly opens thus : 

'■]\Ien and brethren here assembled, 
be it known unto you that we be lawful 
Masons, true and faithful to the law^s of 
our country, and engaged by solemn ob- 
ligations, to erect magnilicent buildings 
to be serviceable to the brethren, and to 
fear God, the Great Architect of the 
Universe, ^\'e have among us, concealed 
from the eyes of men, secrets which can- 
not be divulged, and which have nevei 
been found out ; but these secrets are 
lawful and honorable, and not repugnant 
to the laws of God or man." 

Thus it would seem that, in the minds 
of the jMasons, the church building is 
erected to be "serviceable to the breth- 
ren." \Mio can blame them wdien church- 
es so easily surrender to them? 

In closing we call attention to the 
brazen falsehood which is perpetrated 
when the Grand INIaster tells the people 
that ^Masonry's secrets "have never been 
fotmd out." This is an excellent sam- 
ple of Masonic- verity, ' . 

Behold the church dedicated to worldly 
pleasures and with a lie at that ! 


In contrast to President Wilson's 
handling of the railroad controversy is 
that of Mayor Mitchel's ultimatum to 
the New Y^ork labor leaders. The New 
Y'ork controversy seems to be greatly 
aggravated by forced capitulation to the 
four brotherhoods at Washington. The 
sympathetic strike is being worked to 
the limit. According to the daily press, 
the Michigan Federation of Labor voted 
on September 21st a referendum to de- 
cide whether there should be a state- 
wide strike in sympathy for their New 
York fellow unionists. 

Mayor ]\Iitchel does not believe in la- 
bor peace at any price and sent a final 
warning to Hugh Frayne, chairman of 
the conference committee of labor lead- 

The mayor made it plain that for the 
union officials "to call these strikes will 
be to assume full responsibility for all 
that may follow." 

"The mayor, representing the civil 
forces of government in this city, feels 
it incumbent upon him to say to you, 
now, before any further rash step is 

taken, that these duties (to enforce law 
and maintain order) the city govern- 
ment will discharge to the full, employr 
ing, if need be, its entire resources to 
that end. 

"Disorder, assaults and crimes of vio- 
lence, including injury to innocent citi- 
zens, such as those of Tuesday and 
Wednesday, \vill be suppressed with a 
strong hand and punished with all the 
vioor at the command of the govern- 

Word is received of the severe illness 
of Dr. William Dillon, editor of the 
Christian Conservator. At last reports 
Mr. Dillon was somfewhat improved and 
an early recovery is expected. Dr. Dil- 
lon has always been a help to the cause, 
not only in his owm paper, but as a speak- 
er at N. C. A. conventions. 


The Hibernians, who are supposed to 
have one of the best drilled organizations 
in the state of Connecticut, are still reg- 
ularly drilling in Hibernian halls. Al- 
though denied in past years the use of 
State armories, they have lately peti- 
tioned the governor, who could not ac- 
cede under existing law. Now it is ex- 
pected that this secret society will turn 
to the next legislature seeking a change 
of law. Once the State armories begin 
to be opened to secret societies, it will be 
easy to add militant degrees if they are 
lacking. Probably the societies in the 
Catholic Federation will be prompt to 
engage in the new occupation of State 
buildings if the Hibernians succeed in 
opening a door. We recall in this con- 
nection the boast of a Knight of Pythias 
that the head of his society could com- 
mand more swords than the President of 
the United States. 

A pastor in Columbia, Pa., writes : 
"Dollars are scarce and expenses have 
been steadily increasing. I have been 
forced to retrench all along the line, but 
the Cynosure is doing a work^ of such 
vast importance and is doing it so well 
that I cannot stop this subscription. I 
wish you, the Cynosure, and the N. C. 
A., God's blessing. 





— Courtesy Zion's Watchman, Butler. Ind. 


The Unitarians of Elaine, according 
to an exchange, "are conducting an evan- 
gelistic campaign this summer with a 
Gospel tent equipped with folding chairs, 
portable organ, portable lighting arrange- 
ments, and a collapsible pulpit." 

We are not surprised that the Uni- 
tarians should have a "collapsible" pul- 
pit. In fact, that is the opinion we have 
long entertained of all of their pulpits. 
Whenever a pulpit ignores or denies the 
divinity of Christ it is bound to collapse, 
and ought to collapse. 

But this denial is not confined to Uni- 
tarian pulpits, nor is this the only thing 
that will cause a pulpit to collapse. A 
pulpit collapses — 

-6 '-'-- 

A\'hen its message fails to •- 
truth, the whole tmth and no:; 
the truth. 

\\ hen it fa'- ... recognize the Holy 

\\ hen it substitutes essays or lectures 
for the simple Gospel message. 

^^ hen its occupant fails to practice 
what he preaches. 

When the cc ^ ' mfort of 

Christians an-' • - ers are 

no longer its «a niic.::: : -ic-. 

When, in short, a pulpit no longer 
carries God's message to men in its full- 
ness and its purit}-, it has collapsed. — 
Christian Advocate. 



October, 1916. 

Utm of ®ur Wotk 


The Iowa Christian Association will 
hold its annnal convention at Sheldon, 

The meeting will open on Tuesday 
evening, October i/th, with an address 
of welcome by Rev. J. M. Voortman, of 
Sheldon. Addresses will follow^ by Rev. 
A. H. Brat, the treasurer, who has 
worked hard to make this convention a 
success ; Rev. W. R. Emerson, of Charles 
City, and Field Agent Mead A. Kelsey. 
Rev. yir. Kelsey is spending some time 
in Iowa preparing the way for the con- 
vention. On Wednesday forenoon, Oc- 
tober 1 8th, Air. Kelsey wall lead in a dis- 
cussion of Methods of Work. The fore- 
noon will be devoted to the business of 
the association and the consideration of 
further plans of operation. 

\\"ednesday afternoon promises to b: 
an interesting and instructive session. 
We expect to have "The One Religion" 
discussed by Dr. Edgar A. Taylor, oi 
Griswold. Rev. F. D. Bunge, of Hull, 
will speak of the relation of the lodge 
to the Christian home. 

We are glad to announce that Pres- 
ident Charles A. Blanchard, of Wheaton 
College, has promised to be with us. Tie 
is knowm far and wide as an authority 
along this line of thought, and he always 
has something good to say, and people 
are always glad to listen to him. He 
will give an address in the afternoon on 
"The Lodge and the State," and in the 
evening on 'The Lodge and the Church." 
The closing address will be by Rev. 
Mead A. Kelsey on "The Conclusion of 
the Whole Matter." , •' 

Sheldon is in the northern part of 
Iowa, and is easilv reached by the lUi- 
nois Central, the Chicago & Northwest- 
ern, and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. 
Paul railroads. We desire a good at- 
tendance. The public, whether members 
of secret societies or not, is invited. Dis- 
cussion is welcomed and ciuestions in- 
vited. Friends of the cause are urged to 
show their good \v\\\ by their presence 
if possible. When it is not practicable 
to attend, please send greeting's by let- 

ter, and remember that financial help 
will be appreciated. Do not forget to use 
the privilege of access to the divine 
throne, and pray for the success of this 
cause of truth, and the kingdom of light. 

A. M. Malcolm, 
' President Iowa Christian Assn. 


The annual State convention of the 
Indiana Christian Association will be 
held at North Manchester, November 
14th and 15th. The location insures a 
good attendatice. The program will in- 
clude four sessions. The speakers will 
be announced later. 

J. M. Coleman, 
President Indiana Christian Assn. 

123 E. 8th St., Bloomington, Ind. 


I recently again visited the town of 
San Rafael, and while there I noticed 
that the telephone poles, as in many oth- 
er small towns of this bay district, are 
used by the politicians, the baseball clubs 
and the secret orders to post their ad- 
vertisements upon, so I purchased a 
bottle of paste and went up and down 
the business sections of the town and 
pasted up the I. O. O. F. leaflets, and 
also the Royal Arch oaths. The next 
day at noon tv/o of the I. O. O. F. leaf- 
lets were torn down. Two days later 
I again passed through the city street 
and it seemed that the sleepers had 
awakened and had been hunting for 
those telltale leaflets, as most of them 
had been torn down, scratched or made 

The last package of tracts was a fine 
coflection and one of the very best that 
I have ever received. It was a package 
of spiritual information and inspiration. 
I have, since their arrival, been carefully 
distributing them where I thought they 
would bring the best results. To the 
spiritually-inclined man, and the want- 
to-be-good man, and the fairly good man 
who is groping for more light in the 
dark recesses of befuddled lodge room 
teachings — to these people these tracts 
are a revelation, while to the infidel and 
the Christ haters they are thorns of 
truth. CiiAs. G. Brixton. 

Oakland, Cal. 

October, 1916. 




Rev. Clarence Weston, secretary, Ne- 
braska State Association, has a supply of 
our books and pamphlets which he is 
keeping in circulation as he hnds need 
in his State. 

Our readers will recall. the account of 
the debate between Rev. F. E. Allen and 
Rev. J. r^. Beebe. Mr. Beebe had the 
following notice inserted in the paper 
published in Alma on August 3d : 

"I have been asked if I wotdd come 
to Alma, Neb., in the near future and 
give a lecture on the Lodge Question, 
and I wish to notify all parties interested 
that I shall be glad to speak on the lodge 
question. There are no institutions of a 
social or fraternal nature more worthy 
of support than the lodges of Alma, and 
any man that fights them is a public en- 
emy. I shall be glad to defend the lodges 
and answer its defamers. Fraternally, 
J. L. Beebe. ' 

Evidently Mr. Beebe thinks he can 
better his position by another trial with 
the "public enemies" who oppose the 



While waiting recently in the Union 
station at Columbus, CJhio, I got into 
conversation with a gentleman sitting 
next to me. I felt impressed to ask him 
if he were a Christian, and in answer he 
gave the rather mystifying reply : "Yes, 
that's why I'm here alone." He then 
went on to tell me that he was one of a 
crew of six men who had brought an 
excursion train from some point in Penn- 
sylvania^ and that the others had gone to 
the Elk and Moose club rooms for liquid 
refreshments, while he, the only Chris- 
tian, was left alone. I asked him if he 
did not think that lodge affiliations led a 
good many men to form the drink habit 
who would not otherwise do so, and he 
replied that he did. Much might be re- 
lated of the interesting half hour we 
spent together, but I especially rejoiced 
that I seemed led directly to one who 
just then was in need of fellowship and 
encouragement. Such ministry as this 
is possible to every one. 

Immediately after my last report I 
went into northern Indiana in search of 

a location for a State convention. The 
Church of the Brethren at Xcjrth Man- 
chester gave our State Association a 
very cordial invitation to meet with them 
November 14th and 15th, which was ac- 
cepted. From North Manchester I went 
to Damascus, Ohio, to attend the Ohio 
yearly meeting of the Friends church in 
the interests of our antisecrecy work. 
These friends received me cordially anrl 
gave me a generous hearing. Not only 
did they receive me well, but they gave 
me their hearty endorsement to the cause. 
This was manifested in the appointment 
of a committee to forward the work in 
their local churches during the coming 
year. The chairman of this committee 
is Rev. Wm. Kirby, of Alliance, who 
was one of the speakers at the late Ohio 
State Convention. This committee ar- 
ranged for me to give a series of thirteen 
addresses at dififerent points, which pro- 
gram was successfully carried out. In 
fact, altogether I gave seventeen anti- 
lodge addresses. 

In connection with this service . I had 
a number of interesting experiences be- 
sides the one related at the beginning of 
this report. In one case a devout Odd- 
Fellow boasted of finding a way to pray 
and recognize Christ in the lodge and yet 
not to offend any one. His formula ran. 
"In the name of the Father, and of the 
Messiah, and of the Holy Ghost." He 
said that he had been congratulated by 
an intelligent Jew for his subterfuge. 
Surely the ways of the deceiver are art- 
ful. In one of the meetings after I had 
spoken, the pastor arose and, with tears 
in his eyes, told us of his two brothers 
who were once Christian young men but 
had been snared by the lodge and were, 
he feared, hopelessly lost to Christ and 
the church. He himself had barely es- 
caped the snare. 

In another place I spoke at an after- 
noon meeting in a tent ; the evangelist 
and pastor generously making the way 
for me. To my surprise, when I had 
finished, the evangelist (a Alethodist 
brother) took the platform and said that 
he could witness to the truthfulness of 
all that I had said as he had gone through 
it. He then gave a most telling exhorta- 
tion, warning the audience to keep clear 
of the lodge snare. This man had been 



October, 1916. 

a ^lason and his singer an Odd-Fellow, 
hut hoth had heen graciously delivered. 

In another meeting an ederly minister 
of the Friends surprised the people by 
confessing that in his earlier life he had 
belonged to the ^lasonic fraternity but 
that when he experienced the baptism 
with the Holy Spirit he was compelled 
to quit the lodge. He, too, confirmed all 
of my statements and said he knew them 
to be true. Such witnesses are invalu- 

Everywhere I went the Friends' pas- 
tors were actively sympathetic and their 
co-operation was much appreciated. 
When this reaches the Cynosure read- 
ers I will be in northwestern Iowa speak- 
ing, distributing literature and arousing 
an interest in the cause as well as direct- 
ing attention to the convention at Shel- 
don on October 17th and i8th. Imme- 
diately following these dates I will take 
up the work in Indiana. 

Covington, Ohio, July 22, 1916. 

I always enjoy State conventions. 
First, we hear some facts that help in 
our struggles against the foe of the 
lodge. Second, I hold that the efforts of 
the National Christian Association with 
headquarters at 850 West ]\Iadison 
Street, Chicago, is a necessity, and the 
convention feature but a natural and 
necessary result of the association. The 
association with her literature and her 
conventions has given relief to many a 
burdened and distressed lodge member 
who was anxious to leave the lodge 
ranks, but needed help such as the X. C. 
A. gives. 

The fact is that lodge members feel 
so botmd by their illegal and unchristian 
oaths that it takes courage — at tirhes a 
good deal of courage — to step out of the 
lodge ranks. Their oaths are of the 
same cast and kind that those forty mur- 
derous enemies of Paul took to m.ake 
sure as they planned to assassinate the 
venerable serv^ant of the Lord. They all 
belong to the same school. They are 
without worth or weight. I have always 
been at a loss to know how seemingly 
honorable men — statesmen and Christian 
ministers, leaders in Christian society — 
can be induced to assist and uphold such 
openly wicked associations. 




I am writing from Juniata County,. 
Pennsylvania, where I am holding meet- 
ings in Lost Creek \^alley. Lost Creek 
runs in the opposite direction from the 
other creeks and rivers in this section 
and was so named by the Indians. The 
way of the lodge man is contrary to the 
Christian way was a thought suggested 
to me by this contrary creek. 

I am finding good opportunities to 
help many here. Friends were found 
who arranged for six lectures in differ- 
ent parts of the \^alley. On Saturday 
evening and Sunday, September i6th 
and 17th, I addressed good audiences in 
the Delaware and Lost Creek ]\Iennonite 
churches. September 18th I am to speak 
in the Goodville school house. Septem- 
ber 19th and 20th I have appointments 
in the Bunkertown and Richfield Church- 
es of the Brethren. The quarantine, 
not permitting the attendance of children 
because of infantile paralysis, has kept 
back some parents who have desired to 
attend these meetings, but the interest 
and general attendance has been very 

Aly work in Ohio last month was well 
sustained. I reported 21 addresses to 
good audiences. The Wesleyan Meth- 
odist Conference in the Shadley Valley 
church gave me good support and an 
opportunity to address them. These peo- 
ple have the antisecrecy cause at heart 
and are realizing the need of constant 
aggressive w^ork. ]\Iy acquaintance at 
West Liberty, Ohio, did me good serv- 
ice. Reaching there Saturday evening, 
there was no difficulty in arranging to 
speak in the large country Mennonite 
churches known as Oak Grove and South 
L^nion. Friends there rejoiced with me 
in the goodness of God that permitted 
another message on the reform line. 
These people are awake to the world's 
need. The convention at Belle Center, 
Ohio, last year, had left its impression. 
Some of the older friends had died dur- 
ing the year, but our Cynosure list was 
well sustained there. 

On Thursday evening, September 
14th, I had a privilege, which I had long 
coveted, to address Rev. Dr. S. P. Long's 
church, at ]^Iansfield, Ohio, on the lodge 
question. As this is said to be the larg- 



est English speaking Lutheran church in 
-\merica. mine was an unusual oppor- 
tunity. Though Dr. Long's people are 
not all of the same mind regarding the 
lodge evil, there were many expressions 
of s>Tnpathy at the close of my address . 
Several Lutheran pastors were present 
and participated in the meeting. Brother 
Long's church is not only a great power 
in Mansfield, but its influence reaches 
far in its missionar}* activities. 

Brotlier Peter Lantz. of the Old Folks' 
Home. Marshallville. Ohio, arranged for 
me to speak at Mennonite churches 
known as Bethel and Crown Hill. The 
Bethel Church is near Wadsworth, Ohio. 
The attendance was large and the con- 
tribution generous. 

After restinsr for a few davs at home. 
I came to Pennsylvania, stopping at 
points in the Cumberland \'alley. in 
^Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The loth 
of September was spent at Chambers- 
burg, where I took part in three church 
services — in the Church of the Brethren 
in the morning, in the Brethren in Girisi 
church in the afternoon, and with the 
King Street L'nited Brethren in the eve- 
ning. It was a day of blessings. God 
gave me strength and freedom of utter- 
ance, and much good was done in his 

The writer joins the many who regret 
the departure from Chambersburg of 
Rev. T. ^^ . Burton, the highly esteemed 
pastor of King Street church. He goes 
to Huntington, Ind.. to be pastor of the 
Central College church. He is much 
loved by his people who reluctantly re- 
lease him. Brother Burton has helped 
much in the anti secrecy work, as in all 
good causes known to him. 

I "dropped in" to a prayer meeting in 
Mercersburg. Pa., and found a good 
sized room crowded with members and 
friends of the Church of Brethren. Time 
was given to your representative to speak 
of his mission and many were glad, 
some of whom had been connected with 
different lodges.' Brother Lenherr. at 
whose home I was a welcome guest, has 
been a reader of the Cvxosure for some 
1 8 years. He rejoiced, of course, that 
several new subscribers were secured in 
his city. 

Tlius the work goes from day to day. 
God blesses the seed sown and the fruit 

appears. Xext month I go (D. \'.) to 
the New York and Xew Jersey work, 
^leetings are planned for Xew Jersey 
and a convention in the Free Gospel 
Mission Church. Corona. Long Island. 
May God bless all the work and work- 

Pettus, Ark., Sept. J5, 1910. 

Dear Cynosure: 

In my last lener I wrote you about my 
experience with tlie lodge people in 
Shreveport. La., and Paris. Tex. 

I left Shrevepon for Lexington. Miss., 
where for fifteen days I aided in the re- 
vival at Elder C. H. Mason's church. 
Elder Mason has preached against the 
secret societies so much tliat church 
members who belong to lodges are 
ashamed to admit it. I gave out tracts 
and exposed their secret work, and they 
answered not a word. 

I met a Methodist prer.:'^er *'- - ■ ': 
was an official in nearly .. . _ ^^ 
and we had a long :. -^ :^ / ^r . 
the life of separation which Christians 
ought to live. He said. ""Yes. tliese 
tilings I teach to my people every day." 
He did not think that lodges were idol 
worship. I said. God says not to be 
yoked with unbelievers 12 Cor. 6:14- 
18). He replied. "^Ve ca::not help being 
yoked up, with sinners, for all men sin. 
I John. I :S, says. If we say that we 
have no sin. we deceive ourselves, and 
the truth is not in us.' " I said. Xotice 
what Jesus said in John 5:14 and John 
I :2g. "The Bible contradicts itself." he 
said. I replied. Xo, God don't contra- 
dict his Word. Titus i .2 says. God can- 
not lie. "Well," he said, '"what are we 
going to do with John i :S." Let U5 
find to whom John was sent to preach, 
I said. Galatians 2:9 : :''- ? that he was 
to preach to the Jews ..... :he Jews were 
the people who said they had no sin. 
(John 8:31-36.) They stopped the blind 
from talking to him because they thought 
he was bom in sin. i John 9 :34. ") They 
did not want to accept Jesus, who came 
to save them from their sin. i Matt. 
I :2i.') If the preachers of to-day are 
teaching the people to live in sin we 
might just as well tear down all the 
churches and go to the lodges and mov- 
ing picture sliows. and gambling hells. 



October, 1916. 

and everything else that is sinful, and go 
to hell, for all that live in sin have to go 
to hell, whether they call themselves holy 
or by whatever name they go. The next 
day I found out that he was the leader 
in nearly all the lodges in Lexington. 
Xo wonder he was preaching that men 
must sin, 

I left Lexington and stopped in Co- 
lumbus, ]\Iiss. For two nights I dis- 
tributed tracts and exposed the secret 
work of the Devil. The brothers nudged 
each other but said nothing that I could 
hear. A Baptist minister got up and en- 
dorsed what I taught. His people got 
angry and poured out of the church, but 
he talked right on and said I ought to 
stay there and teach for ten nights at 
least. I could not stay any longer but 
promised to go back at some future time. 

I went on to Atlanta, Ga., and lec- 
tured there against the secret lodges. I 
was on the very spot of ground where 
they had the big riot between the blacks 
and whites. I told them all that rioting 
and killing was of the Devil, and that this 
big strike that was hanging over the 
L'nited States was a part of the secret 
work of the Devil. He has blinded the 
eyes of the working men and has got 
them into a trap. Some of the people 
said, "Yes," and a white man said to me, 
"If this strike is called there will be a 
revolutionary war." I said to my peo- 
ple, Y'ou had better serve God and do 
your work right and let God fight your 
battles. Get out of lodges and stay 
out, and you who have never been in 
them, keep out. It is all the work of 
the Devil to get men into sin. 

I may miss my trip to Norfolk, Yd.., 
on account of the strike, but perhaps I 
will go yet in a few days, if the Lord 
wills that I live. I cannot do anything 
but pray for the X. C. A. ; distribute 
tracts, and tell the lodge secrets, and I 
expect to do so until Jesus says, Enough, 
come up higher. 

Lizzie Roberson. 

An earnest friend of the X. C. A, has 
a job printing outfit in good condition 
for sale at a low price. If any of our 
readers, in need of such an outfit, \vill 
write to the Cynoscre office we will 
furnish the name and address of the 
owner of this plant. 



Since my last letter I have put in a 
very busy month notwithstanding the 
serious illness of Mrs. Davidson. Since 
last ]\Iarch she has been confined to bed 
and under the care of a physician most 
of the time. I rejoice in the Lord for 
the strength he gives me to endure hard- 
ness and afflictions. 

I have had several secret order people 
tell me, "If you had not been led off 
thirty years ago by these antimasons and 
speculators and had stayed in your own 
lodge, to-day you would have friends to 
help you and money to provide for your 
sick wife.'' Aly answer is, Before I 
knew of a Xational Christian Associa- 
tion, God's Holy Spirit led me out of all 
oath bound secret societies and fully con- 
vinced me of their wickedness. He also 
called me to preach a pure gospel and 
warn men and women to repent of all 
sin and believe the gospel and separate 
themselves from all sinful influences. 
Glory to God for victory. I am willing 
to suft'er for the Gospel's sake, and, 
though He slay me and the hand of 
affliction press hard upon me, yet will I 
love and trust his promises. 

I have attended one convention and 
two conferences. I did not have an op- 
portunity to address either but I held 
l)ersonal conversations with delegates, 
distributed tracts and secured a few 
Cynosure readers. I preached and lec- 
tured at the. following churches and re- 
ceived small donations from some of 
them : First Zion Baptist, Rev. D. B. 
Fisher, pastor; St. Paul A. AI. E., Rev. 
P. W. Rogers, pastor ; Liberty Baptist, 
Rev. G. A. Thomas, pastor; Sixth Bap- 
tist, Dr. John ]\Iarks, pastor; Israel Bap- 
tist, Rev. A. J. Thomas, pastor; St. John 
Divine, Rev. A. Smith, pastor ; Oriental 
Baptist, Rev. J. ^f- Young, D. D., pas- 
tor; Bethel :\Iission, A. AI. E., Rev. W. 
K. Hopes, pastor ; Amozion Baptist, Rev. 
S. E. Piercy, D. D., pastor ; and St. 
James A. ]\I. E., Dr. S. L. Green, pastor. 

There has just closed in this city a 
union revival campaign. From 1,500 to 
5,000 persons, colored and white, attend- 
ed daily. Alore than 1,000 accepted 
Christ. Several white ministers preached 
able sermons and gave timely advice to 
their negro brethren. 

October, 1916. 



The lodges are flourishing in this city 
despite the hard times and scarcity of 
money.' The Roman Catholics are erect- 
ing churches for negroes in the strong- 
est black belts of the city and are estab- 
lishing parochial schools where thousands 
of Protestant negro children are being 
proselyted into the Catholic faith. I 
think a few dollars invested here by the 
lovers of truth and righteousness to es- 
tablish a station where Christ could be 
lifted up and antisecret society literature 
placed on sale, would make many friends 
for the cause and would open the eyes 
of many and save them from the lodge 


Dear Cynosure: 

After leaving the. Paris, Tex., meeting, 
where I met Sister Lizzie Roberson, I 
went to Fort Worth, on July 29th. There 
I taught Bible lessons 'for four days and 
nights, and God gave me the victory. I 
then went to Austin, Tex., August 3d, 
to the Holiness camp meeting, where, 
during the ten days' meeting, they gave 
me four days exclusively with the 
women. Nearly thirty souls were saved 
and many people heard me show from 
the Word of God what a great iniquity 
the lodge is. 

From Austin I went to Houston, Tex., 
where I spoke to the people and dis- 
tributed tracts. 

I next went to Beaumont, Tex., and 
attended a fifteen-day meeting there. I 
gave out tracts and taught a series of 
lessons every evening. The last night I 
was there I spoke on the lodge question 
from the third chapter of 2 Timothy. 
I told them how many lodges I had be- 
longed to. One wealthy lady in the aud- 
ience broke down and wept like a child. 
She came forward for prayer and said, 
'Tf the Lord can bring you out of these 
lodges, he can me." She told me she 
was not going to stop until she had 
gained the victory, and so I beg an inter- 
est in your prayers for her. 

I also went to McKinney, Tex., and 
taught there three or four days. God 
made me to stand in his strength and 
teach his Word, and in doing so I made 
Satan angry. He does not want his 
signs given away, and so he inspired a 

man to come up and knock me down. 
Just as soon as I could I went on talking 
and again he came at me with his knife. 
The pastor was afraid, but thank God I 
escaped further injury and continued to 
speak with the boldness of Christ. Pray 
for me that I may stay close to the Lord 
and that He will give me strength to go 

Hannah Chandler. 

Rev. Adam Murrman, formerly field 
secretary for Nebraska, but who for the 
last several months has been residing at 
Allentown, Pa., met with a severe acci- 
dent and has been confined to the sani- 
tarium at Dansville, N. Y. Brother Murr- 
man requests the prayers of his friends 
that he may be spared to continue 
his work. Our readers are no doubt 
familiar with the able address by Mr. 
Murrman which is now appearing in the 
Cynosure under the title, ''A Threefold 
Indictment of Secret Orders." 

Rev. S. P. Long, D. D., of Mansfield, 
Ohio, who will be remembered by many 
of our readers for his able addresses at 
a number of our antisecret conventions, 
has just refused an increase' in his salary 
which was voted to him by his church, 
the First Lutheran, of Mansfield. Dr. 
Long did so on the ground that the sal- 
ary he is now receiving is sufficient for 
his needs, and that the extra money 
which was voted to him could well be 
used in broadening the work of thq 

We are glad to report that Rev. P. J. 
Hoekenga, City Missionary of the Chris- 
tian Reformed Churches of Chicago, is 
recovering from his severe illness. ]\Ir. 
Hoekenga has been superintendent of 
the Helping Hand Mission, maintained 
on the ground floor of our headcjuarters 

Rev. Fred Schwede, of l>ritton, Mich., 
writes: 'T fully understand the purpose 
and aims of the Cynosure. It is doing 
a nol)le work and I not only read it my- 
self to keep informed upon the new 
phases of secretism, but pass it on to 
our younger members and to others not 
of our church." 



October, 1916. 



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Vol. XLIX 


Number 7 

Our Cbanl^igiviffg 

Tor the dav$ wben nofMng hii9}fitn$, 

Tor the cares tbat leave no trace, 
Tor the lope of little children. 

Tor each sunny dwelling-place. 
Tor the altars of our fathers, 

JInd the closets where m pray, 
take, Gracious 6od and Tather, 

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Tor our golden store of wheat. 
Tor the comlands and the pineland$. 

Tor the flowers up-springing sweet, 
Tor our coasts from want protected. 

Tor each Inlet, riper, bay, 
By the bounty full and tlowing, 

take our praise this loyful day. 

Tor our dear ones lifted higher 

through the darkness to the light, 
Ours to lope and ours to cherish 

Tn dear memory, beyond sight. 
Tor our kindred and aciiuaintance 

Tn thy heapen who safely stay, 
Ule uplift our psalms of triumph, 

Cord, on this thanksgiving Day. 

Tor the hours when heaven is nearest, 

Hnd the earth-mood does not ding, 
Tor the very gloom oft broken 

By our looking for the HiRg» 
By our thought that he is coming, 

Tor our courage on the way, 
take, Triend, unseen, eternal. 

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November 1916 

There is none 
other Name 
under heaven, 
given among 
men, whereby 
we must be 

—Acts 4:12 



Jesus answered 
him: I spake 
openly to the 
vv^orld, and in 
secret have I 
said nothing. 

—John 18:20 



I cannot always see the way that leads 

To heights above ; 
I sometimes quite forget that he leads on 

With hands of love ; 
But yet I know the path must lead me to 

Immanuel's land, 
And when I reach life's summit I shall 

And understand. 

I cannot always trace the onward course 

My ship must take, 
But, looking backward, I behold afar 

Its shining wake 
Illumined with God's Hght of love; and 

I onw^ard go. 
In perfect trust that he who holds the 

The course must know. 

I cannot always see the plan on which 

He builds my life ; 
For oft the sound of hammers, blow on 


The noise of strife, 
Confuse me till I quite forget he knows 

And oversees. 
And that in all details with his good plan 

My life agrees. 

I cannot always know and understand 

The Master's rule ; 
I cannot always do the tasks he gives 

In life's hard school ; 
But I am learning, with his help, to solve 

Them one by one, 
And when I cannot understand, to say, 

"Thy will be done!" 

— Anon. 


A Vigilance Committee. 

The origin of the Nobles of the Mys- 
tic Shrine was established at Mecca, 
Arabia, in the year 5459 (in the year of 
our Lord 1608). The ritual was com- 
piled, arranged and issued at Aleppo, 
Arabia, by Louis Maracci, the great 
Latin translator of Mohammed's Alko- 
ran. The order was revived and insti- 
tuted at Cairo, Egypt, in 5998 (equiva- 
lent to 1837). 

This order was primarily instituted 
for the purpose of promoting the or- 
ganization and perfection of an Arabian 
and Egyptian Inquisition, or vigilance 
committee, to dispense justice and exe- 
cute punishments upon criminals whom 
the tardy law did not reach to the meas- 
ure of their crime. 

To Try, and if Convicted, Execute "Within 
the Hour." 

Being designed to embrace the entire 
pale of the law, and composed of the 
sterling men of the day, who would fear- 
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cute the criminals within the hour, leav- 
ing no trace of their action behind, the 
organization w^as perfected and carried 
into execution with startling results. 
Possess Inquisitional Powers 'Tf Required." 

Temples were instituted throughout 
Europe some years ago. Although pos- 
sessing all the powers and material of 
the inquisition, if recjuircd, they still 
continue to thrive as charitable and so- 
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c|uisitors upon the flagrant outrages and 
desecrators of Masonic vows. 

Absolute Authority in America. 

In 1 87 1 the ritual was brought to 
America by a representative, with in- 
structions to place it onl\- in the hands 
of high-grade Masons, owing, it is 



November, 1916. 

stated, to the fact that Masons were 
regarded as the choice of the best men 
of the land, and having already passed 
the ordeal of oblio:ation. 

Obe3'ing this instruction, the ritual 
was placed in the hands of Dr. Walter 
M. Fleming, thirty-third degree, and 
Eminent Commander of Columbian 
Commandery No. i, K. T., of New 
\'ork City, who in conjunction with 
Vv'illiam J. Florence, thirty-third degree, 
previously created a noble of the order 
of Aleppo, was given absolute authority 
in America. — The Masonic Chronicler, 
October 14, 1916. ■ . ' 


To the Editor of The Dispatch: 

Sir : The actual effect of the forma- 
tion of unions has been the limitation 
of the field of free competition as truly 
as through trusts. Men voluntarily 
limit their individual freedom of action 
by combining into organizations which 
bind them to act in groups. The work- 
man who joins a union therefore divests 
himself to that extent of his individual 
freedom of action in order that he may, 
as he believes, obtain a higher good and 
a more substantial liberty through a col- 
leciive or associated action. The union, 
or rather men chosen by this body, ar- 
range wages, hours, and other conditions 
for dV- the members, forbidding one of 
them to form an individual contract 
with the employer. These unions, or 
the leaders, fix the wages and hours to 
the satisfaction of the group and not 
for the individual ; the scale of wages 
usually being set upon the average abil- 
ity of all the members, the men of talent 
getting no greater compensation than 
the men who are not so efficient. 
AVhereby they destroy free competition. 

The unions have aimed at more or 
less complete control of the labor mar- 
ket by bringing workers in a trade 
within the organization ; by preventing 
non-union men from working and by 
boycotting any firm who employs non- 
union men or by refusing to purchase 
any article that does not have the union 
label on it. The policy of the "closed 
shop.'" the limitation of apprentices, and 
similar methods, is used to enforce their 
monopolistic control. 

Society dislikes the unions because of 
the methods they use, such as strikes. 
What is a strike? It is merely a con- 
certed movement on the part of a body 
of organized workingmen to force their 
employers to some demand; the work-' 
ingmen having learned that they are not 
capable or lack the ability to better their 
own conditions in another field, decide to 
force their present employers to improve 
the conditions for them. 

The egotistical disturber who incites a 
strike is the worst foe of labor, the bit- 
terest antagonist to capital and the 
severest enemy of the public. Every 
strike gives the selfish labor leader his 
opening to lessen the opportunities for 
labor and increase the conveniences for 

Unions are now at the height of their 
power ; they are supreme. They can 
either starve the public into submission 
or compel the government to bow to 
them. The unions gained their su- 
premacy with the passage of the Clayton 
antitrust act, exempting- labor unions 
from the provisions of this law. This 
act destroyed the Sherman law, xyhich 
declared illegal all contracts to create 
monopolies in restraint of competition. 
Had this law been allowed to stand or 
had unions not been permitted to escape 
the penalty provided for in the Clayton 
act, the present railroad unions would 
have been willing to arbitrate, lest they 
be treated like the Danbury hatters. But 
now they have nothing to fear as they 
have been made immune from the conse- 
quences of their acts. 

The mischief caused by unions can 
only be prevented by laws : One com- 
pelling labor and capital to arbitrate their 
differences, and another preventing the 
"closed shop" policy. Until such laws 
are passed the people will be helpless in 
the hands of one of the world's greatest 
monopolies, Yo Hubiera. — Columbus 
Dispatch, Sept. 20, 1916. 

Any of our readers who may wish for 
additional reading matter along religious 
lines of a non-sectarian character, should 
write to Zion's Watchman, Butler, Ind., 
for a sample copy. 

November, 1916. 




Hebrew Merchant Finds Lodge Brother- 
hood a Farce. 

Realizes True Brotherhood in Christ. 


I am an English Jew and, had been re- 
siding for two years in Japan when I 
began to feel the need of something 
loftier than the usual friendships formed 
''out East." This was toward the close 
of 1914, when half of the inhabitants of 
Europe were fighting each other. I 
longed for something that breathed the 
brotherhood of man, and I thought I saw 
this in Freemasonry. At this time I was 
reading ''New Thought'' books and was 
being gradually drawn away from the 
material side of life. I was also begin- 
ning to read the Bible. 

By the time I had taken the Fellow 
Craft Degree, I was well on, for the first 
time, with my reading of the New Testa- 
ment, and the contrast between the sim- 
ple life of Christ and the pompousness 
of Freemasonry struck me very forcibly. 
Nothing to me seemed to justify the pe- 
culiar ceremonies, offices, and titles of the 
craft. The only excuse I could give was 
the vanity of the individual "brethren." 
I began to see that I was getting little, if 
any, good from attending the lodge, and 
thereafter I would go only when I had 
nothing else of importance on hand. 
Germans Ousted from English Lodges in 


By February, 1915, I was initiated into 
the Master Mason's degree. Soon after, 
I heard that some of my German friends 
had received notice from the lodge re- 
questing them not to attend it until the 
end of the war. I asked my German 
friends what was the reason for this, and 
they said that they were told that it was 
done "under instructions from the Cirand 
Lodge" because Germans had created 
disturbances in some of the lodge meet- 
ings in England. 

I thereupon wrote to my "worshipful 
master" asking for an official explanation 
why some brethren of German and Aus- 
trian nationality were the same as ex- 
pelled from the lodge. He called on me 
and told me the reason, which is the 
same as I have just stated. I argued pretty 
strongly with him and pointed out that 
Freemasonry thereby fell short of what I 
expected, and that I had been made a 
Freemason on a wrong understanding. I 
asked him where the brotherhood came 
in. He replied that this was an English 
lodge and we were free to tell those who 
were not English to absent themselves 
during the war. I thought a great prin- 
ciple was at stake in this proceeding, for 
the lodge, under the English constitution, 
had accepted members who were not 
English, and therefore all members were 
entitled to equality in treatment. 

Here was where they fell short of the 
brotherly love they professed, and dis- 
criminated against their fellow men be- 
cause they were not born under the same 
flag. My conception of the virtues of 
Freemasonry was shaken. 

Promised to Obey; Must Not Criticise. 

I asked my worshipful master: "What 
have these German men in Japan done 
to merit expulsion?" and he replied: 
"Nothing; but some Germans in England 
did so and so." Then I asked him : 
"How does that afTect the Germans 
here? Do two wrongs make one right?" 
He answered, "We have to obey the 
Grand Lodge." "Is a man, because he 
is a Mason," I asked, "to lose his indi- 
viduality and sacrifice vital principles for 
the sake of those in office above him ?" 
The answer was, "You have promised to 
obey. You have no right to criticise. 
They know better than you do." Finally 
T asked him, "Ts there anything against 
the Cierman members here? Has any 
one of them done an\thing to lead }ou 
to expect misbehavior in the lodge?" He 



November, 1916. 

"Far in the tangled woods the ground 
Is strewn with fallen leaves that lie 

Like crimson carpets all around, 
Beneath a crimson canopy." 

relied, "Xo ; we like them, and we do 
not agree with the order from England, 
but we must do as we are told." 

Utter Failure of Lodge Brotherhood. 

I told him that if I were master, I 
would resign my office on principle if I 
were told to do things which were against 
my own conception of right and wrong. 
I told him, and several other Masons af- 
terwards, that they should show real 
brotherly love and look at the matter 
from the standpoint of these Germans. 
Xo doubt in their hearts they dislike 
German militarism. They are gentlemen 
and are well liked everywhere, in fact, 
all of their friends are among the Eng- 
lish and Americans. But now they are 
ostracized by their former British 
friends and they do not have friends 
among the German anti-English crowd. 
Where else, then, would these Germans 

look for "fellowship" but in his Free- 
mason's lodge w^here they teach the 
"brotherhood of man." Here, instead of 
welcoming them, the brethren hit them 
when they are down, so to speak. 

As a protest, I absented myself from 
further lodge meetings, and after paying 
six monthly dues in advance, I sent in 
my resignation. I am now returning 
them my certificate, completely severing 
all connection with Freemasonry. 
Finds Satisfaction in Christ. 

When friends ask me why I do not 
come to the lodge, I boldly give them the 
reasons why I left, and say that I am 
now a Christian and I find all I want in 
Christ. If a man cannot get his highest 
ambition satisfied in Him, then he is a 
hopeless case. If a man is a Christian, 
he does not need Freemasonry. 

Freemasonry, moreover, is a farce 

November. 1916. 



through and through. Men are accepted 
when their vicious characters are well 
known to the lodge. Instead of the craft 
being, as I fondly thought, a select circle 
of gentlemen living for the good of their 
fellows, it comprises all types of men. 
good, bad and indifferent. The good 
men in the order, if Christians, soon be- 
come corrupted by the self-esteem so 
greatly fostered by Freemasonry, and 
lose the meek spirits they have formerly 


Ledge Owned Editor Replies to Field 
Agent Kelsey — Squelches the Truth. 

Stung by an address on secret orders 
bv Field Ao:ent Kelsev before the Ohio 
Yearly fleeting of Friends, in Damas- 
cus. Ohio. Mr. R. \\'. Hawley. editor of 
The Salem Xez^s. of Salem. Ohio, 
printed the following editorial on August 
24th. 1916, under the heading: 

Secret Orders. 
"In these days, when -jdges and se- 
ciet organizations of all kinds are do- 
ing so much to fraternize the world, to 
bring about that brotherhood of man for 
which preachers and lecturers are plead- 
ing and for which ever}- man is hoping, 
it is not surprising that this community' 
should be startled, as any community 
would be. by the statement of a minister 
in the Ohio yearly meeting of Friends 
that all secret orders are devices of the 
Devil. Xo one will question the state- 
ment that occasionally a lodge becomes 
a device of the Devil. But such lodges 

are the exception rather than the rule. 
5*; ^ * 

'"These orders were characterized as 
devices of the Devil because they recog- 
nize God but leave Jesus Christ out of 
their teachings. To begin with, this 
minister, not being: a member of anv 
lodge ^ * "^ knows very little about his 
subject. Those without the fold of a 
lodge like to boast of their knowledge 
of the workings of such organizations, 
and arrive at their convictions by read- 
ing some fraternal books that give only 
a glimpse of the real character of the 
work. ^ ^ ^ 

"Fraternal organizations are not re- 
ligious organizations and do not claim to 
be. This is a point which some minis- 
ters and others fail to recognize. Most 
lodges, and especially those that wield a 
great influence for good throughout the 
world, are founded on the Bible, or at 
least recognize God as the omnipotent 
power. The lessons of brotherly love, 
morality, charity, truth, fidelity, right- 
eousness in all things, etc.. etc.. are pro- 
pounded with a solemn and impressive 
force and though many a lodge member 
may soon forget those teachings, many, 
many others carry the inspirations for 
better and nobler lives with them to the 

"Xo. some well meaning bu: misguided 
people may tell you that their lodge is 
their church, but the secret order does 
not pose as a church and the majority of 
fraternal men do not so consider it. The 
lodge is doing more to urge men to high- 
er ideals than any other power outside 
the church, and there is a wide held for 
such teachings in the hearts of men who 
are without the church. There is solace 
to be found in the fact that the minis- 
try- and laymen of all churches are at 
last accepting the secret order as a co- 
operating force in aiding the work of the 
church, rather than hindering it."' 

This defense of the lodge system had 
the ring of sincerity-, but was mislead- 
ing in giving the impression that Mr. 
Kelsey's address was bitter in spirit. 
Field Agent Kelsey wrote Editor Haw- 
lev and sent him in a condensed form a 
copy of his address before the Yearly 
^Meeting of the Friends, and requested 
that he be allowed a few words in friend- 
ly reply. 

Editor Hawley replied under date of 
August 26th that he could not use the 
article as it "aimed at one order" 
and that "we would not wish, in this 
manner, to exploit the teachings of one 
order, inasmuch as members of that or- 
der would have no recourse without ex- 
posing their secret work." He denied 
that he meant to convey the impression 
that Mr. Kelsey was bitter in his denun- 
ciations, but said such characterization 
as a "device of the Devil would be ac- 
cepted as a 'bitter* dose by lodge men." 
He also admitted that the Masonic his- 
torian. A, G. Mackev. refers to Masonry 



November, 1916. 

as a religious institution, and adds 'That 
does not state, however, that its purpose 
is purely or primarily religious, but it 
should place the stamp of approval, 
rather than denunciation, upon it for in- 
cluding in its organization the religious 
side of life.'' He says that to recognize 
the Fatherhood of God does not make an 
order sectarian ; that to go further would 
make it sectarian and in competition with 
"other sectarian religious institutions in 
the world," and declares that to place 
one's trust in God "is not hitching up 
with the Devil or with any of his de- 
vices." Whether a lodge should be "sec- 
tarian" in its teachings, he says, or "sim- 
ply impress with religious fervor, the 
teachings of the Almighty" is a matter in 
which men dii¥er. In conclusion, he 
writes : 

"If the religion of the lodge is prov- 
ing a snare to multitudes of men, how 
could a minister of the gospel con- 
scientiously become a member of a lodge? 
It is true, as you perhaps know, that 
many ministers- are members of secret 
orders. ^ h^ * Having once learned 
the true nature of such orders, they are 
faithful and valuable members. 

"Trusting you will accept my reason 
for returning your answer as a just one, 
and assuring you that any general state- 
ment from you zvill receive courteous 
treatment, I am," etc. [The italics are 
ours. — Editor.] 

The Challenge Accepted. 

Encouraged by the promise of "cour- 
teous treatment," should he' prepare a 
"general statement," the Field Ag-ent pre- 
pared an article meeting the editor's re- 
quirements and took it in person to Air. 
Hawley, but as Mr. Hawley was at a 
Masonic picnic, Mr. Kelsey was deprived 
of a personal interview with him. 

Extracts from the article which Mr. 
Kelsey took to Editor Hawley and which 
were later refused publication, are as fol- 
lows : 

"Your editorial begins : 'In these days 
when secret organizations of all kinds 
are doing so much to fraternize the 
world,' etc. This would be grand w^ere 
it correct, but the truth is that ever} 
secret order is an exclusive clan, holding 
its meetings behind .s'uarded doors and 
darkened windows, offering special privi- 
leges to the initiated, and in general 

drawing artificial lines throughout the 
social fabric. This of course means spe- 
cial privilege for the 'ins.' Of course, 
societies vary, but it is commonly under- 
stood that secret order membership car- 
ries with it special privileges of favorit- 
ism. So far is the lodge system from 
promoting that "brotherhood of man for 
which preachers and lecturers are plead- 
ing," it is in truth, one of the greatest 
hindrances to the realization of that 
hope. It is the brotherhood of the clan, 
and not the brotherhood of man, that the 
lodge promotes. 

"Referring to the religious character 
of the lodges: w^hile there is a difference 
in orders, there are certain general prin- 
ciples that apply to most of them, espe- 
cially those that may be dominated the 
major orders. Most orders require a 
belief in God ; teach some of the morals 
of religion ; require a copy of the Bible 
to be in the lodge room ; provide an altar, 
and ritual with prayers for opening and 
closing of the lodge ; and, finally, assure 
worthy members of admittance to the 
grand lodge above, 'which in the lodge 
religion entirely supplants the Christian 
heaven with its glorified Savior.' And 
yet with all these ear-marks of religion 
the requirements are so broad, and the 
exclusions so rigid, that the Jew, Mo- 
hammedan, the Christian, 'and the wor- 
shipper of Deity^ under every form' meet 
about the same altar. This means, of 
course, that all such societies are ritualis- 
tically Christless, which could be shown 
from standard lodge authorities were I 
privileged to quote. 

"To those of us who believe that there 
is but one way to God, and that that is 
through Jesus Christ, any teaching that 
holds out hope to the individual without 
a positive faith in Him is dangerous both 
to the individual and to society. That 
Satan has been trying throughout the 
ages to eliminate Christ from religion 
is written large on the pages of history, 
and in this respect the religion of the 
lodge is a masterpiece. Satan is not 
fig^hting religion per se, he is fighting 

"But while the exclusion of the name 
of Christ marks any religious society as 
unchristian, I would not be understood 
as admitting that the inclusion of his 

November, 1916. 



name, as is done in a few instances, nec- 
essarily makes them Christian societies 
and acceptable to God. 

''It is true that many ministers and 
laymen are giving their support to the 
societies under discussion, and many of 
these are very estimable people, but it 
does not necessarily prove that these 
societies are approved of God. Let us 
not think for a moment that all minis- 
ters and laymen are giving their support 
to the lodge system, for there remains 
yet a vast multitude in the churches who 
are clear of lodge worship. I have met 
a number of ministers who have in pri- 
vate conversation expressed their dis- 
satisfaction with the orders to which they 
l)elong. One who holds a high position 
in the state organization of the order to 
which he belongs, said, 'The lodge burial 
services nearly got me.' Another who 
belonged to two orders said, 'They are 
robbing our churches all over the coun- 
try of our best young men.' Another 
Avho is active in his lodge said, 'I con- 
fess to you that I wish there were no 

''There is another phase of this sub- 
ject of which our great American states- 
man, Daniel AA^ebster, said: 'All secret 
associations, the members of which take 
upon themselves extraordinary obliga- 
tions to one another, and are bound to- 
gether by secret oaths, are natural 
sources of jealousy and just alarm to 
others ; are especially unfavorable to har- 
mony and mutual confidence among men 
living together under popular institu- 
tions, and are dangerous to the general 
cause of civil liberty and just govern- 
ment.' " 

Too Strong Medicine. 

This was too strong medicine for Edi- 
tor Hawley, or perhaps he got "more 
light" at the Masonic picnic or elsewhere, 
for the tone of his next letter had the 
acidity which he at first had charged to 
Field Agent Kelsey's address. He said : 
"Enclosed you will find copy of your arti- 
cle on antisecret society work. Since 
learning [positive evidence of having re- 
ceived 'more light'] of the nature of 
your work, aimed as it is against only 
one society, or at least merely naming 
or.e against which you seem to have a 
grudge, I cannot permit this paper to be- 
come a party to furthering your plans. 

I^ermit me to pass personal judgment on 
I our work by stating that you are doing 
a great injustice to many good Christian 
people without knowing your subject." 

Again, as is almost invariably the case, 
debate has been shut off after the lodge 
side of the matter has been presented. 
If Editor Hawley really believes that 
lodges teach real "lessons of brotherly 
love, morality, charity, truth, fidelity, 
righteousness," etc., he should be honest 
enough to permit a fair and dispassion- 
ate discussion. But such is not the lodge- 
conception of fair play. 



Free speech is one of the rights in- 
cluded in man's free moral agency. The 
original grants of divinity to humanity 
are so sacred that God himself never 
deprives a man of them without an un- 
answerable reason therefor. And when 
one man or set of men attempts to de- 
prive others of their sacred rights, they 
transcend the prerogatives of God him- 
self. \Miat arrogant presumption then 
do some men manifest ! Such tyranny 
certainly needs restraint and rebuke. 
The need of the restraint is manifest 
from the fact that the moral progress 
of the human race is bound up in man's 
free moral agenc3% which includes his 
right to freedom of speech. This fact 
makes it sacred to God as well as to 

The hindrances to moral progress 
come from Satan and not from God, for 
it is not good men, but wicked men, who 
try to trammel men's thoughts, speech 
and conduct. Righteous men want all 
others as well as themselves to be free 
under the law, while not free from the 
law. No good man wants to be free 
from the law, for they both have their 
righteousness and their freedom by 
obeying the law. And as reasonable and 
o^ood men, thev love the law, because 
they love their righteousness and their 
freedom. Where there is no law en- 
forced, anarchy reigns supreme : the 
weaker have no freedom, and the 
stronger have only license. But law acts 
in two ways : it either restrains or pun- 
ishes the violators of righteous laws, or 
it makes those free who obev the law. 



November, 1916. 

and protects them from the oppression 
of the lawless. Freedom, then, is in 
obeying the law. Where there is law, 
the violators of the law — the rights of 
others — are deprived of their liberty by 
imprisonment. They can maintain their 
freedom only by obedience to law. 

There are two extremes to be 
avoided; viz.. servile suppression of free 
speech on the one hand, and malicious 
anarchy, slander and libel on the other. 
It must be remembered that every man 
has rights which the rest should respect, 
and that all rights are more or less mu- 
tual. The rights of all are preserved by 
respecting the rights of each. These 
principles are applicable to both civil 
and religious liberty. 

Crime and anarchy are forbidden by 
common law. They are invasions of 
the rights of others, and as such are fit 
'subjects for attacks by free speech. 
There is no law, either human or divine, 
which can justly forbid the free and 
full discussion of all kinds of evil. On 
the other hand-, the divine law demands 
that crime and anarchy, being hin- 
drances to moral progress and violations 
of the moral law, should be dealt with 
unsparingly, though fairly and kindly. 
The civil law; parallels the demands of 
the divine law on this point. The civil 
law sometimes goes further still and 
demands publicity concerning what is 
already done, or even physical opposi- 
tion to the violation of law. 

Aloreover, it is only the gross, rank, 
and tyrannical evils that violently ob- 
ject to full and free discussion of them- 
selves. God is light. He loves the light 
and dwells in it. Only evil hates the 
light, and only evil men dread the dis- 
cussion of moral issues, for light and 
free discussion strengthen all moral 
righteousness, which has nothing to fear 
from free speech. When a man objects 
to the discussion of flagrant wrongs, one 
hiay know that such an objector loves 
or practices these wrongs ; is in some 
way interested in their perpetuation ; or 
is afraid some calamity, will be visited 
on himself or his interests. 

The Church of Jesus Christ on earth 
was organized for the purpose of 
spreading the light. Jesus said it was 

the light of the world. And when a 
church refuses to spread the light of 
the law or the gospel, or forbids others 
in or out of its fold to do so, it is clear 
that such a church is not the church of 
Jesus Christ, for he said, "Ye are the 
light of the world." Not only are they 
to give light by example, but also by 
precept. His Church thrives by giving 
b'ght as well as by receiving it. Long 
ago it was said to a church which had 
a name to live and was dead, that unless 
it returned to its duty of shedding light, 
that its candlestick would be removed 
from its place. The churches must 
shine and give light, or it will lose its 
light, and its very life. The churches 
which refuse to give light, or which for- 
bid 'its dissemination by their members 
or by others, will soon fail and die, if 
they are not already dead. It is an ob- 
served fact that churches wdiich refuse 
to do missionary work, or which pro- 
fess not to believe in missions, soon lose 
both in numbers and influence, as well 
as in spiritual life. Some of these 
churches have splendid principles other- 
wise, hut because they refused to walk 
in the light, and to shed their light, their 
candle has gone or is going out. The 
p'rowinp" churches are those which are 
spreading the light. 

(To be continued.) 


Readers of the oddities of history come 
frequently upon figures of old-time 
feasts. They reach conclusion therefrom 
that our forefathers were splendid 
trenchermen, when the full take of the 
provisions consumed is told. But even 
these hearty fellows had nothing on the 
Shriners at Buftalo. We are told that 
at the dinner served to wearers of the 
fez during the recent gathering of the 
Imperial Council the feeders disposed of 
two tons of crab meat, two and a half 
tons of steaks, 15,000 rolls, 400 pounds 
of butter, 200,000 bunches of radishes 
and onions, 800 pies, 325 gallons of 
coffee, 5,000 cigars, 5,000 boxes of 
cigarettes and 12,000 bottles of beer. 
The cost of this gargantuan feed and the 
following vaudeville was $8,000. — TJie 
American Freemason, Sept., 1916. 

November, 1916. 




Wonderful Redemption of an Assistant 
Bartender in an Elks' Club. 

The Editor [of the Moody Church 
Herald] has asked me to tell my story 
of how Jesus saved me, and I gladly 
comply if thereby his Name may be 

I am the son of a Christian minister 
and was brought up under law and not 
grace. I became thoroughly disgusted 
with everything religious, and resolved 
if ever I got a chance I would quit the 
whole business. My chance finally came 
when I went to college to study law. 
There I plunged headlong into all kinds 
of excess and came out of college ruined 
in body, soul and spirit. I cared neither 
for God nor man. I had only one object, 
and that was to have a good time. Of 
course, that took money and I didn't care 
how I got money just so I got it. I 
would just as soon betray my dearest 
friend, if that would further my pur- 

When I came out of college I started 
the practice of law at Parkersburg, W. 
Va. I practiced law there ten years. It 
was there that I met my wife. She was 
living with her widowed mother and 
sister. The mother had some means and 
a home. I was a young attorney and a 
home like this looked good to me, so we 
were married. God blessed the union 
with two children. 

Now I had a home assured, what 
would be my next step in making money 
and having a good time? I joined a 
large number of lodges and social clubs. 
There I got in with a fast bunch and be- 
gan to drink heavier and gamble more 
than ever. I made good money, but the 
high life took more than I made, and also 
caused me to neglect my business. After 
I had squandered all my wife's property, 
I began to use my clients' money. It 
was easy to keep this covered up, so I 
continued to live this life for ' several 
years — gambling, boozing and breaking 
my wife's heart. 

One day a client came into my office 
and faced me with the evidence. He had 
me cornered and told me that if the 
thing was not settled by two that after- 
noon, he would swear out a warrant for 

me. 1 went across the street and locked 
myself in a little ante-room of the lodge 
room. Then I turned on the gas, intend- 
ing to end it all. I had $17,000.00 life 
insurance. This would pay my debts and 
leave a little for my family.. But al- 
though I did not know it then, God was 
there that day and would not let the gas 
do its work. I stayed there two hours 
and even had the gas jet in my mouth, 
but, praise God, I am still here. I went 
])ack to the ofiice and in some way 
blufTed the creditor for more time. Then 
1 got together all I could and skipped 
out for Los Angeles, Calif. My creditors 
took all that was left of my wife's and 
mother-in-law's property, and they left 
for their old home in Pittsburgh to take 
in boarders. 

On the way out to Los Angeles, I be- 
gan to think of my father's teaching and 
I promised God that if he would see me 
through, I would be a Christian. I ar- 
rived in Los Angeles an entire stranger. 
In a few days I secured a position in the 
All Night and Day Bank. I had never 
worked in a bank a day in my life. This, 
together with the fact that I was a 
stranger, made it evident to me that God 
was making good his part of the agree- 
ment I had made on the train. I worked 
in the bank six weeks and just before I 
quit, they informed me that I was to be 
made one of the assistant cashiers. Still 
more evidence from God, and still I re- 
fused to become a Christian. 

One day as I was working in the bank, 
a plain clothes man took me into cus- 
tody and lodged me in jail teii days till 
two deputies came from \\'est \'irginia 
to take me back. My, how I hated God 
for it all ! I was convinced in those days 
that there was no God. 

Finally I was taken back home and 
let out on bond. Then it was up to me 
to find something to do, but nothing 
opened up. No one would have nic. 
Finally the only thing T could get to do 
was pool boy and assistant bartender in 
the Elks' Club — right where T liad spent 
most of my money. My salary was vSio 
per week and board. The) would not 
let me have the money, but sent it on to 
my wife each week. Maybe you think 
that wasn't galling — talk about Sam])son 
grinding grist for the Philistines. He 



November, 1916. 

had a picnic compared with me, and 
those PhiHstines in the club saw to it that 
I had no easy time of it. My bitterness 
and anger at God knew no bounds in 
those days. Yet with it all I thought I 
could work it all out. I even thought I 
would walk straighter with my head up, 
and that would help. My, how the Devil 
does blindfold his dupes ! A doctor 
friend of mine took pity on me and gave 
me a room in the back of his office. 
Here I slept among the bones and drugs 
and smells of that dark inside court 

Then it was that God and the Devil 
began to talk to me. I remembered 
enough of my father's teaching to know 
that there was hope for me, but the 
Devil would begin, "What will your 
wife say and what will all the people 
say? They will think you are making a 
big play for sympathy and won't believe 
you." And so it would go back and 
forth day after day. I sure was miser- 

Finally Dr. M. H. Lyon came to Park- 
ersburg with his Union Tabernacle meet- 
ings, and at last I made the surrender 
before five thousand of the people who 
knew me. I had planned to settle it out 
in Los Angeles where no one knew me, 
but God ordained otherwise. That night 
I went back to my little old dark room, 
but it was a palace to me then. There 
alone on my knees before God I told 
him that I had made an awful botch 
of my life, that I was sick and tired and 
battered and bruised by sin. ''Here, 
Lord, are the leavings ; if you can do 
anything with them, go ahead. I am 
through. I take my hands off. Til 
promise to do what you want me to do 
hereafter," and, bless God, my life since 
that time has been one great big "yes" 
to God. 

Space does not permit me to tell how 
I quit the club and the next week made 
S50 instead of $10; how six years in the 
penitentiary was looking me in the face 
and how God freed me from a bunch of 
Jew prosecutors without a day's trial, 
and that without the payment of money 
either, for I still owe the money I stole 
from my creditors and expect to pay it ; 
how God saw me through the Moody 
Bible Institute, and hov/ after three 
years of separation and persecution from 

my wife, God finally saved her, and how- 
to-day he is letting me serve him in his 
vineyard. All this belongs to anothe}- 
chapter, but some day God may open the 
way to tell that also. Like the coast 
guard with the drowning man, God had 
to let me fight and kick and squirm till 
I was all in. Then when all human help 
was gone, and I was flat on my back 
where I could look no place but straight 
up, I saw God and surrendered. 'T 
have heard of Thee by the hearing of 
the ear : but now mine eye seeth Thee" 
(Job 42:5). — The Moody Church Her- 
ald, Vol. 15, No. 9. 


While the people of the United 
States have been sending thirty million 
dollars' worth of relief to Europe and 
Turkey, two hundred thousand women 
and children in Albania have died of 

While each woman and child in Bel- 
gium has had plenty to eat, women and 
children in Albania have gnawed at the 
carcasses of dead horses in the streets. 

William Willard Howard, of New 
York, who has returned from his third 
trip to this hunger zone of Europe, pre- 
dicts that the entire population of Al- 
bania will die of famine and pestilence 
unless helped. He says that in Albania 
corn is fifty dollars a bushel, flour 
eighty dollars a sack, and macaroni five 
dollars a pound. 

"The tragedy of Albania," says Mr. 
Howard, "is that a nation is dying of 
hunger, while the people of the United 
States, laden with gifts for the rest of 
Europe and for Turkey, pass by on the 
other side. 

"Thirty millions of dollars have been 
given by the people of the United States 
for relief work of various kinds in Bel- 
gium, Poland, Armenia, Syria and the 
warring countries of Europe, while two 
hundred thousand women and children 
in southeastern Europe have starved to 
death unheeded and uncared for. Not 
one woman or child has died of hunger 
in Belgium ; two hundred thousand in 

"The Albanians are as much entitled 
to sympathy and help as others. They 
have not taken part in the war. They 
fed and sheltered the refugees from 

November, 1916. 



"The course of time seems back to roll 
Where nature's varied charms abound; 

And when through country scenes I stroll 
Admiringly and gaze around 

With eager eyes and swelling vein, 
I feel my heart grow young again." 

Serbia, even with the last measure of 
corn that the famine-smitten villages 
possessed. They have not done any 
wrong ; yet armies have swept over their 
country, taking what could be found to 
take, leaving to the starving women and 
children only the carcasses of dead 
horses in the streets. 

"I ask only American fair play for the 
famished children of Albania. I ask of 
all fair-minded men and women in the 
United States: Why should the Alba- 
nians — three hundred thousand of whom 
are Christians — be left to starve, while 
we press forward, in generous rivalry, 
to feed the others? The Albanians are 
more numerous than the Armenians ; 
yet we feed the Armenians and let the 
Albanians starve. 

'T want to go back to Albania with a 
shipload of food. I have arranged for a 
ship — a new American ship, just 
launched and fitted for sea. The ship 
is ready and waiting. 

"A number of distinguished gentle- 
men in New York — mostly clergymen 
and editors of newspapers — will co- 
operate in an appeal for a relief cargo 
for the ship. The treasurer selected to 

receive contributions is the Rev. Fred- 
erick Lynch, D. D., editor of The 
Christian Work and secretary of the 
Carnegie Church Peace Union. Contri- 
butions in any amount — from the price 
of a loaf of bread upward — may be sent 
to the Balkan Relief Fund, 70 Fifth 
avenue, New York City." 




Indictment Number Three. 

"They perish in the gainsaying of 
Korah." What was the "gainsaying of 
Koriah"? Answer: An unwarranted 
intrusion into the priest's oftice. The 
lodges are guilty of that. It was an 
attempt to create a priestly order with- 
out the divine authority. 

Korah, Dathan and Abiram, together 
with two hundred and fifty princes of 
the Assembly "famous in the congre- 
oation, men of renown," the kind of 
men who like high-sounding titles. VnIio 
like to strut about in gaudy uniforms, 
and who are filled with a sense of tlieir 



November, 1916. 

own importance, gathered together 
against Moses and Aaron and said to 
them: '"Ye take too mnch upon you, 
seeing that all the congregation are holy, 
every one of them, and the Lord is 
among them ; wherefore then lift ye up 
vourselves above the congregation of the 
Lord?" Now, the Lord had appointed 
]\Ioses as his Prophet, and Aaron and 
his sons as his priests — Aaron as the 
High Priest, and his sons as priests, 
and concerning the latter office he de- 
clared : "Xo man taketh this honor to 

The "gainsaying of Korah" is a chal- 
lenge of the exclusive right of Aaron 
and his sons to administer the functions 
of the priesthood; and after God has 
judged Korah, and his fire has con- 
sumed the would-be 'AVorshipful Mas- 
ters," the self-appointed "High Priests," 
and the "Excellent," "Exalted," and 
"Most Puissant Sovereign Grands," we 
are told that "Eleazar the priest took the 
brazen censers wherewith they that were 
burnt had ofifered, and they were made 
bread plates for a covering of the altar 
to be a memorial unto the Children of 
Israel that no stranger that is not of 
the seed of Aaron, come near to offer 
incense before the Lord, that they be 
not as Korah and his company." 

The Jewish Types. 

Every Bible student knows that 
Aaron, as high priest, was a type of 
Christ, the High Priest that was to 
come ; w^hile the sons of Aaron, who 
alone could be priests, were types of 
all present-day believers. The sons of 
Aaron were types, neither of present- 
day ministers of the gospel, nor oi 
those now designated "priests" by some 
churches, but were typical of all who 
are "in Christ," and who thus belong to 
the High Priest's family. All true be- 
lievers in Jesus Christ are priests to-day ; 
they constitute a "royal priesthood" ac- 
cording to I Peter 2 :g, and are associ- 
ated with their great High Priest, Jesus 
Christ, in his work of intercession. 

Since Christ offered himself on Cal- 
vary's cross, there has been no room 
for any distinctively human priesthood, 
marked off from the rest of God's peo- 
ple, alone having the right of access to 
him. ; and every so-called "priest" who 

now officiates at an "altar," pretending 
to have special privileges of approach 
to, or of intercession w^ith God, by rea- 
son of his office, is an imposter, whether 
consciously or unconsciously ; he is 
nearly two thousand years out of date. 
The chief privilege of a priest is access 
to God ; under law, the high priest 
only could enter the "holiest of all," and 
that but once a year, but when Christ 
died the separating veil in the temple 
w^as rent in twain, so that now the be- 
liever-priests, all who are in Christ, 
equally with Christ, the High Priest, 
have access to God in the "holiest of 
all." All believers in Christ may now 
"come boldly to the throne of grace" 
without any other mediators or inter- 
cessors than Jesus Christ for all of 
them are priests; but mark the special 
emphasis here — only such are priests ; 
only such do have access to God ; to- 
day "No man cometh to the Father" 
but by Christ, wdiile all who are "in 
Him" may freely come. The sin of 
Korah and of his companions as seen in 
the light of New Testament truth, is 
the effort of the "natural man" to as- 
sume priestly functions as a natural 
right ; to ignore the divine requirements ; 
and to bring unsaved men to worship 
at altars around wdiich may gather 
Hindu, Mohammedan, Deist, Jew, and 
Christian, under the mistaken idea that 
they are all the "children of God" by 
nature, and therefore may call God 
"Father," apart from the new birth, and 
without regard to the authority of him 
who has assured us that we must be 
born again, must be "born of God" in 
order to become his children. The "nat- 
ural man" has lost his standing before 
God ; has no access to him, and no 
priestly rights in his presence ; but the 
secret orders have agreed to ignore that 
fact entirely, and they not only pretend 
to unite all men in a Christian worship 
of "God, the All-Father," but in at- 
tempting this, they make "Chaplains" 
and "Worshipful Masters," and "High 
Priests" of some of the most profane 
and godless men in the community ; thus 
assuming that such men have an equal 
right with believers in Christ to dis- 
charge such functions. 

Surely, that is the "gainsaying of 

November, 1916. 



A Disgusted Clerical Mason. 

While in Nebraska, working under 
the auspices of the National Christian 
Association, I called upon a minister, 
asking for the privilege of speaking on 
this subject of the lodge from liis pul- 
pit; he told me that he yvas himself a 
Mason ; but he was evidently open- 
minded and anxious to hear the other 
side, so that my wish was granted. He 
said that he attended the lodge regu- 
larly, and was always asked to say 
something, and, he added, with some 
signs of satisfaction in his manner, 'T 
never fail to tell them that they must 
believe in God." He seemed surprised 
when I answered that telling them they 
must believe in God has no particular 
virtue in it ; that they understood such 
an expression to mean, merely, that they 
believe in the existence of a Supreme 
Being, and they joined the lodge with 
that understanding ; that hell will be full 
of those who believed that, and that the 
Devil himself docs not and need not ob- 
ject to it; that he, as a Christian min- 
ister, should tell them the more impor- 
tant truth that they must believe in 
Jesus Christ as God's only Son, and 
mans only Saviour ; doing that he would 
probably find that it made a difference, 
and that he would be asked to eliminate 
such remarks from his lodge addresses, 
or he would be required to forego them 
altogether. When I told him I was 
really surprised to find that he could 
tolerate some of the things that he must 
see and hear at these gatherings, he was 
frank enough to say: "Brother Murr- 
man, there is one thing which has thor- 
oughly disgusted me and almost forced 
me out of the lodge several times ; that 
is, our Worshipful Master is one of the 
worst men in our town ; he is profane, 
a dope-fiend, and an all-round tough 
character ; yet I have to sit there and 
see that man officiate in the religious 
work of the lodge." Who, that knows 
anything about lodges will truthfully 
sav that this condition of things is 
rare? The fact is, it is quite the rule, 
rather than the exception. 

I am not contending here that it is 
necessary for a man to be a dope-fiend, 
or profane, as a "Worshipful Master" 
or a ''Chaplain" of a lodge, in order to 
class him and his order with Korah and 

to charge them with Ijcing guilt} of the 
same sin. Nay, nay, he need only be 
an unbeliever, that is, one without faith 
in Christ, yet assuming to ha\e the 
right of access to God, and claiming 
priestly prerogatives, when he has no 
such privileges and no such rights. 

The natural man is not a child of 
God ; the Scriptures never call him a 
son. Billy Sunday is right when he says 
that the doctrine of the "Universal 
Fatherhood of God is the worst dope 
that was ever dug out of hell," and for 
that very reason some of us cannot help 
wondering why he should be so fond of 
the institutions that are doing their ut- 
most to teach his many converts a re- 
ligion that is based on that lie. For the 
secret orders in so far as they are relig- 
ious at all (and they are all more or less 
religious) are all of them committed to 
this falsehood. 

Take Odd-Fellowship, for Instance. 

Grosh's "Manual of Odd-F'^ellowship" 
declares that they require nothing more 
by way of a profession of faith than a 
belief in the universal Fatherhood of 
God and the brotherhood of man, and 
then adds, "but this they do require." 
If that is "the worst dope that was ever 
dug out of hell," and we are not deny- 
ing it, what about the institutions that 
make men swear to their acceptance of 
it as an article of their lodge faith? 

There is, indeed, a "universal broth- 
erhood of man," based on the father- 
hood of Adam, a brotherhood of blood 
— for "God hath made of one all the 
families of the earth" ; and. it is the 
lodges that sin against that brotherhood 
most grievously, by their discriminating 
oaths and their clannish practices ; they 
ever seek to limit it, and plan to bestow 
their benefits only upon such as will be 
able to return the favor and are mutu- 
ally sw^orn to do so. The blind, lame, 
halt, and poverty-stricken cannot be 
admitted ; they must stay outside and 
see their more favored mortals getting 
together in a compact which means fur- 
ther discriminations against themselves, 
for special privileges cannot be given to 
some without wronging others. 

There is also in God's economy, a 
limited brotherhood, a brotherhood of 
believers, a "household of faith," made 
up of all who are "in Christ." 



November, 1916. 

The Limited Brotherhoods: The Difference. 

This di\inely appointed fraternity is 
drawn into a special nearness to God, 
and enjoys special privileges to the end 
that it may suffer, sacrifice, and serve 
in the interests of that larger brother- 
hood, the "brotherhood of blood." This 
limited brotherhood has been "elected" 
to lay down its life, if need be, for the 
salvation of others outside its fold; 
it has the divinest sanctions and the 
most unselfish mission in this world, and 
this brotherhood the lodges mock, this 
brotherhood they mimic, by saying in 
efi:'ect : "Does the Bible indeed declare 
that you should 'do good to all men,' 
but especially to those in the household 
of faith? We wull do better than that. 
We will swear men under barbarous 
penalties (or without them) to do good 
to their fellow-members in the lodge ; 
never mind about the 'all men' (there 
are some men we'll have to do good 
in order fully to keep our oaths) ; and 
we will entirely eliminate the test of 
faith in Christ, and will substitute our 
lodge test instead. O yes, it will be a 
religious test, just as religious as any 
the Church requires, but there'll be no 
Christ in it, and any Tom, Dick, or 
Harry can come in on it if he's got the 
cash and can measure up to the stand- 
ard on the really important matters, 
which, of course, religion is not !'' Like 
Korah, they say to the churches, '' 'Ye 
take too much upon you' in declaring 
that only Christians are priests and that 
only believers in Christ have access to 
God; all of God's children are priests, 
and all men are God's children." 

If that is true, what is to hinder the 
dope fiend, or the libertine, or the pro- 
fane man, from acting as "Chaplain" 
or "Worshipful Master" of the lodge? 
Why should not the Hindu, Moham- 
medan, and the Jew, together with the 
Christian, all gather around one com- 
mon altar and simply say "Our Father"? 
W^hy not? Because it is not true. No 
man may take these priestly honors to 
himself as a natural right; these 
priestly privileges are hedged about 
wath restrictions made necessary by the 
holiness of God, and only such as have 
been redeemed from sin have been 
called of God and been ordained by him 
to that office, may act as priests before 

him. Only such as belong to the High 
Priest's family may act as priests to- 
day. .; 'A 
Shameful Effrontery! 

Masonry has had the effrontery to 
create "high priests" of its own; not 
even the Church, in her most corrupt 
period, ever dared to do that, and with 
sacriligious audacity it rushes into the 
holy place (in purpose only) and up to 
the altar of incense, saying its prayers 
— its Christless prayers — in a mock 
w^orship which entirely ignores the 
righteous demands of a just and holy 
God. Without right and without rev- 
erence the Christ-rejecting worldling 
pretends to perform the functions of 
a priest of the Most High God! 

Hence they must "perish in the gain- 
saying of Korah.'' 

In Conclusion. The Summary. 

Cain represents the lodges in the fun- 
damental error of a wrong approach to 
God, ignoring the blood of atonement. 
He sins against the Altar of Sacrifice, 
just inside the door of the tabernacle, 
whereon the perfect Lamb was slain, 
and to which all must come who would 
have their sins forgiven, or gain access 
to God. 

Balaam represents the lodges in en- 
couraging a forbidden union of believ- 
ers with unbelievers, of God's people 
with the world, ignoring the separation 
which God enjoins; "going down into 
Egypt for help" ; seeking the honors, 
advantages, and emoluments of the 
world, he finds it convenient to live a 
compromised life. He sins against the 
brazen Laver which stood next to the 
Altar of Sacrifice, and which empha- 
sized the need of a clean life, "through 
the washing of water by the Word." 
(The End.) 

"He hurried to the telegraph office 
and queried the editor of a New York 

" 'Column story on . Shall I 


"The answer arrived promptly — 'Send 
six hundred words.' 

" 'Can't be told in less than twelve 
hundred,' he wired back. 

"Then came this reply : 'Story of crea- 
tion of world told in six hundred. Try 
it.' " 

November, 1916. 





It is zvrong, in any religions worship, 
to leave out the name of Jesus intention- 

Jesus says : "1 am the vine, ye are the 
branches ; he that abideth in me, and I 
in him, the same bringeth forth much 
fruit : for without me ye can do noth- 
ing." John 15:5. This means that with- 
out faith in Jesus Christ no man can do 
anything good. Is it possible, then, that 
there can be any reHgious worship that is 
pleasing to God without Jesus Christ ? Is 
it possible that any prayer or religious 
song from which the name of Jesus has 
been intentionally omitted, can please 
God ? Never ! Such songs and prayers 
are an insult to God, they are down- 
right blasphemy. 

Jesus says : "I am the way, the truth 
and the life : no man cometh unto the 
Father, but by me." John 14:6. Look 
this up in your Bible and read on and 
see how Jesus explains to Philip that 
"he that hath seen me hath seen the 
Father," and that ''I am in the Father 
and the Father in me." You can not 
separate God and Jesus Christ. There 
is no God without Jesus Christ. "I and 
my Father are one," says Jesus. John 
10 '.30. How are you going to separate 
the two? You can not do it. The true 
God is God the Father, Son and Holy 
Ghost, three persons in one essence. 
This is the only God there is, and He 
says : "Thou shalt have no other gods 
before me." Any religious worship, 
from which the name of Jesus is left out 
intentionally, is wrong, is outrageously 
sinful. To leave out the name of Jesus 
from a prayer or a religious song inten- 
tionally is not a small matter. It strikes 
at the very heart of all Christianity. It 
is treason to God. It is denying Christ. 
Remember what Christ says of those 
who deny Him : "Whosoever therefore 
shall confess me before men, him will I 
confess also before my Father which is 
in heaven. But whosoever shall deny 
me before men, him will I also deny be- 
fore my Father which is in heaven." 
Matt. 10:32, 33. You can not leave 
out Christ and worship God. 

The Bible says: "All men should 
honor the Son, even as they honor the 

Father. He that honoreth not the Son, 
honoreth not the Father which sent 
Him." John 5 :23. You can certainly 
see that it is no honor to Jesus Christ 
to omit his name intentionally from 
prayers and religious songs. And if you 
admit that, can you not see that such 
worship, such religious exercises are 
godless and wicked? If you are a 
Christian you can, and instead of join- 
ing in such worship, it will make your 
blood boil with indignation to think that 
men should so dishonor and abuse your 
Savior. The idea of omitting Christ's 
name from a prayer or religious hymn 
intentionally ! Why, it is devilish, and 
must fill a Christian heart with abhor- 
rence for the place where it is done. 

It is done in the modern lodgeroom. 
It is done in their opening and closing 
exercises which include prayer and re- 
ligious singing. It is done in their 
burial ceremonies. It is done in their 
memorial services. They have a reason 
for studiously omitting the name of 
Christ in prayer and song. That name 
is offensive to some of their members. 
That name simply can not be used where 
believers and unbelievers join in re- 
ligious worship. It is of¥ensive to the 
unbeliever. But as the unbeliever pays 
his dues as well as the believer, he must 
not be offended. Therefore the name of 
Christ must be omitted. And the omis- 
sion is intentional. But such prayers 
and songs are an abomination unto God. 
Without Christ ye can do nothing: ye 
can not pray, ye can not sing acceptably 
unto God. Such songs and prayers are 

Let me give you one example of lodge 
hymns from which Christ's name is 
omitted intentionally. You know the 
long meter doxology. It is familiar to 
all Christians who worship in the Eng- 
lish language. It is the closing hymn in 
many Christian churches. \Mierever you 
find English speaking Christians, you 
may start that verse and they will all 
join in and sing: 
Praise God from whom all blessinss 

Praise him all creatures here l)clo\v : 
Praise him above, ye heavenly hosts. 
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

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^'L»a_ C'C eveinr ffiionoiian 'jenLS". is to tne 3e- 

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arter tne lattenz o-i L-'a'tio «rEat i!ias iie .i^O'tten tfcn iiiis sen- : 

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Xovember. 1916. 

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tended that, while he must rid himself 
of the habit before he can enter the 
Kingdom of Heaven, this habit is just 
now fundamental to existence. \'ery 
true I But now the question. Our vis- 
itor looked alongside this scrawny editor 
singularly vigorous and well-fed. Xow. 
this editor is always sorry when his ap- 
petite is poor : yet he is certain of being 
in the Kingdom of Heaven right now 
through grace and the blood of Jesus 
Christ. Our visitor, on the other hand, 
who has to get rid of the "fundamental" 
habit of eatins: before he can enter the 
Kingdom, looks as if he enjoyed his food 
tremendously. Logically, he ought to be 
mortified by ever\- exhibition of appetite, 
since, although ""fundamental." it is a 
bar to the Kingdom until utterly van- 
quished. \\ e wonder whether, when a 
dish of savor}- chicken graces the table 
with all the trimmings that go with it. 
our Christian Science friend really feels 
mortification at his appetite or gratifica- 

How Christian Science stultifies itself 
a remark of our visitor will show which 
we must quote for the benefit of our 
readers. AA'e told him: "If suttering 
and death are the symptom of diseased 
thought, how about Christ?" His an- 
swer was : "He suttered and died as 
Jesus, but not as Christ." Do you per- 
ceive the implication? Even Jesus was 
afiiicted with erring thought, and so he 
suffered and died. But Paul, knowing 
that the blood of Christ the Lamb of 
God. cleanseth us from all sin. says : "I 
have known nothing among you saze 
Christ and Him crucified. " V\t\\. so says 
the Lutheran church: so says Lutheran 
Youth : so says every Christian, and he 
who says otherwise is deluded by Satan. 
— Lutheran Youth. Sept. 3. 1916. 


BY T. M. GL05. 

As you are calling for light on the 
lodge question. I suppose you want to 
know the facts in the case. I spent eight 
vears in the Masonic lodge, and I can 
truthfully say that all that Bro. Klein 
said in The Pacific Baptist is true, and 
a eood deal more is vet to be written. 

H anvone wants to know the exact 
wording of the oaths and penalties of the 
first degree on that institution, let him 

get Capt. W. Morgan's expose ; price, 25 
cents. I am conscious that before long I 
must stand before God and give an ac- 
count of my life and stewardship. I 
stand in His presence and solemnly af- 
firm that as near as I can remember this 
is a verbatim account of my own ex- 
perience in that lodge, but when God in 
mercy opened my blind eyes I could stav 
in that work of darkness no longer. I 
am willing to meet any man or men and 
give reasons why I think it my bounden' 
duty to tell the truth on these matters, 
to which I had sworn to secrecy under 
oaths and penalties of the most barbar- 
ous and antichristian character. I can 
heartily say with Brother Klein and oth- 
ers : Let the people know the truth. 

Baptist Church. Ferndale Wash. 

— The Pacific Baf'tist. 


He sfcaks no ill of any man. 
Xor tries to slur a maiden's name. 
He can not stoop, as gossips can. 
To cr\- aloud a brother's shame. 
But when an absent friend is slurred. 
He dare not rise and say one word. 

A\ ho hears a friend by slander stung 

\\ ithcut one move, one angr}- stir. 

U ith no defense quick on his tongue 

Is but a silent slanderer. 

A friend is one who. night or day. 

\\ ill fight your fight when you're away 

\ ou are no friend unless you do 
Your all to shield a friend's fair name 
He is no sterling: friend to vo'u 
\\'ho will not swiftly do the same. 
For. if he will not check a slur. 
He is a silent slanderer. 
— Will F. Kirk, in Pittsburqh Sun. 

^^ e have received an interesting letter 
from a self-su: -ing missionary in X'a- 
tal. South Africa. Rev. Gustav Adolph 
Stielon. who first heard of our work 
through the "Fundamentr/-" ".d then re- 
ceived a few copies of :... Jyxosl'RE. 
We sent him a copy of "Finney on Ma- 
sonry" and one of "Modern Secret So- 
cieties." by F' ' iird. which books he 
says were "reac — :iay. swallowed — with 
pleasure." He is doing as much as he 
can to save the men of South Africa 
from the antichristian lodere. 



November, 1916, 

Koljn (ipittnrij Aiiama — ^txtij prpat&f utlnttf i ^UUb 

[^^'e shall publish from time to time, under 
this heading, extracts from the letters and 
addresses of Mr. Adams on Freemasonry. 
These were written during the great anti- 
masonic agitation, following the murder of 
\\'illiam j\Iorgan by the Freemasons, and 
are a ver} valuable . series, whether viewed 
from either a literary or a historic standpoint.] 

Ouincy, 22 October, 1831. 
To Edward Ingersoll, Esq. 

Dear Sir : One month has elapsed 
since, in answer to some remarks in a 
friendly letter from you on the subject 
of [Masonry and its antidote, I gave you 
with freedom and candor my sentiments 
concerning them, and a view of the pro- 
gressive steps by which I had been re- 
luctantly drawn into a public participa- 
tion in this controversy. I authorized 
you to show my letters to Mr. Walsh, 
because, having long been with me upon 
terms of private friendship and of per- 
sonal confidence, he had denounced me 
to the public as- a madman (upon this 
subject) for a letter written and pub- 
lished in vindication of my father's repu- 
tation from Masonic slander. I had no 
expectation of converting Mr. Walsh, 
though I did hope that this mode of no- 
ticing the severity of his censure might 
awaken a sentiment of kindness in his 
mind, w-hich either had departed or was 
slumbering when he consigned me to the 
jurisdiction of the moon. He since has 
made me more than amends by his no- 
tice of my eulogy upon Mr. Monroe, and, 
as I have always been a friend of tolera- 
tion in politics as well as in religion, I 
must compromise for being considered 
by him a lunatic upon Masonry and the 
Hartford Convention, in consideration of 
an over-allowance of merit upon points 
on vvhich his opinions concur with mine. 

Within that month events in relation 
to the Masonic controversy have occurred 
of no trifling magnitude. That Mr. 
Walsh and Mr. Sargeant consider Anti- 
masonry as yet a subject for scorn cer- 
tainly staggers my faith in the correct- 
ness of my own impressions. A very 
sincere respect for their opinions calls 
upon me for a severe review of my own, 
and makes me feel with double force the 
admonition in your kind letter of the 
17th instance, to be specially cautious of 

error and exaggeration in anything that 
I may say on this score to the public. It 
w^as indeed under that conviction that I 
submitted to you interrogatively the list 
of nine atrocious crimes committed, as 
I believed, in connection with the mur- 
der of William Morgan, and which I 
charged upon the Masonic institution. 
If mistaken either in the number or ag- 
gravation of the crimes, or in the princi- 
ple of imputing them to the institution, I 
was desirous of being corrected by your 
enlightened judgment and more accurate 
information. I am, therefore, happy to 
learn that Mr. Miner will reply to my let- 
ters in full. But he is the last man in 
the world with whom I would willingly 
have a controversy. I am perfectly will- 
ing to publish in his Village Record that 
portion of my letters to you which I 
shall ultimately conclude to publish at 
'A\ ; but before that I wish to have the 
benefit of your corrections as well in 
point of fact as of principle, derivable 
from the inquiries which at my sugges- 
tion you have made. I should also be 
glad to know if Mr. Miner or you your- 
self would be willing to have your names 
in the publication ; you, as the person to 
whom the letters were addressed ; he, as 
the person referred to in them. In nam- 
ing him it did not occur to me that he 
would see the letters ; but I fully ap- 
prove of your course in showing them to 
him, and also to the other persons whom 
you have mentioned. From the nature 
of the controversy, and precisely because 
Masonic warfare is secret, I have de- 
termined to publish nothing against Ma- 
sonry bit under the responsibility of my 
name. I have no right, however, to take 
the same liberty with the names of oth- 
ers, and shall carefully avoid using them 
without permission or special justifying 

The nomination of Messrs. Wirt and 
Ellmaker at Baltimore is one of those 
prominent events which have occurred 
sipre my last letters to you were written. 
Mr. Miner has sent me a copy of a 
printed hand-bill addressed to the citi- 
zens of Chester County, signed by him- 
self and seventeen other Masons, head- 
ing a republication of Mr. Wirt's letter 

November, 1916. 



to the convention at Baltimore, and de- 
claring their concurrence in every word 
and sentiment of that letter. But that 
letter most distinctly declares Mr. Wirt's 
approbation both to the end and the 
means of the Antimasons ; the end be- 
ing the abolition of Freemasonry, and 
the means the ballot-box against all ad- 
hering Masons and all neutrals. What 
part of my charges, then, does Mr. Miner 
mean to contest? 

The declarations of General Peter B. 
Po'rter and W. B. Rochester have also 
been made public since the date of my 
letters to you. What is there in my 
charges that is not fully sanctioned by 
them? They unequivocally advise the 
surrender of the charters. They say Mr. 
Clay thinks with them. Why has Mr. 
Clay refused to say so? Delicacy? 
Has Mr. Clay ever considered it a mat- 
ter of delicacy for a candidate to give 
pledges of his opinions upon controverted 
points of political interest? Does Mr. 
Clay scorn Antimasonry, like Mr. Walsh 
and Mr. Sargeant? If he does, it is evi- 
dent General P. B. Porter and W. B. 
Rochester do not. 

I am happy to find you do not. Mr. 
Wirt frankly tells the Baltimore conven- 
tion that until two or three days before 
they met he had considered Antimasonry 
as a farce, and wondered how such an 
excitement should have blown up from 
what he thought so trifling a cause. He 
scorned Antimasonry. Why? Because 
lie knew nothing of the facts, and be- 
lieved Masonic misrepresentations. The 
moment the facts were disclosed to him, 
or rather the moment he could bring 
himself to turn his face to them, the 
scales fell from his eyes— he approves 
the end of the Antimasons, and he ap- 
proves their means. His case is the case 
of thousands and tens of thousands. Yet 
Mr. Wirt has sworn to keep the secrets 
of Masonrv upon no less a penalty than 
the fate of Morgan. He had forgotten 
the secret and perhaps the oath. How 
such a man as Mr. Wirt could ever have 
taken such an oath and then forgotten it, 
is among the inscrutables and unaccount- 
c'bles of human conduct. 

The Antiniasons of this common- 
wealth have nominated Samuel Lathrop 
for governor in the place of Mr. Lin- 
coln. Thev first did me the honor to 

nominate mc, l)Ut i declined. Governor 
Lincoln is my personal friend. I re- 
gretted that they did not nominate him. 
No answer accepting this nomination has 
yet appeared from Mr. Lathrop. Mr. 
Lincoln will at all events be re-elected, 
for there is not a state in the Union 
where Masonry is so strong as^ in this ; 
and the Masons will support Lincoln, 
though his answer to the Antimasonic 
Committee is as severe against Masonry 
as anything I have ever said or written. 
But there was something in his remarks 
upon Antimasonry which they took for 
scorn — though I did not. Their candi- 
date is a man of excellent character, a 
warm Federalist, and heretofore the Fed- 
eral candidate for governor. 

The State of Vermont is now purely 
Antimasonic in all its branches, with a 
governor, council and majority of the 
Blouse of Representatives, elected as 
Antimasons against both Clay and Jack- 
son Masonry. Vermont is the first state 
where this victory has been achieved. 
Yet it was not there that Morgan was 

I shall expect somewhat anxiously 
your exposition of facts conflicting with 
my statements. I know^ Mr. Stone, of 
the New York Commercial, believes that 
the kidnappers of Morgan did not at 
first intend to murder him. Perhaps he 
believes that the arrest of him for petty 
larceny was not connected wnth the proj- 
ect to kidnap him. I know too well that 
he dwells much upon the alleged base- 
ness of Morgan's moral character. I set 
the question of his character aside: but 
a charge of theft against a man for 
neolectine: to return a borrowed shirt — 
what chance has character agamst 
slander like that? Very respectfully, 
your friend, 

John Quixcy Adams. 

You have no security for a man who 
has no religious principles. — Richard 

Time flies, death urges, knells call, 
heaven invites, hell threatens ! — Young. 

Happv is the man who makes others 
so, and the sweetest jov is in imparting 



November, 1916. 



The CvxosLRE greets its readers this 
month in a new dress. Twenty years 
ago next spring, with the change from 
n weekl}- to a monthly puhlication, the 
design with which onr readers are fa- 
mihar. was hrst nsed. At that- time 
Rev. ^L A. Gauh was editor. Rev. J. P. 
Stoddard was working in Boston, and 
on our Board of Directors were Ezra 
A. Cook, J. M. Hitchcock, Prof. E. 
\Miipple, Rev. Edgar ]>. WyHe, and 
H. F. Kletzing — all of whom have gone 
to their reward. 

In spite of the fact that most of those 
who have promoted this reform have 
passed on, the work progresses and it 
will continue to progress as long as it 
holds up Christ and him crucified as the 
only way of salvation. 

During these past years many have 
been the evidences tliat God has used 
the Cynosure to the encouragement and 
instruction of a large number who are 
holding up the standard of truth in their 
communities. And best of all has been 
the knowledge that, through the grace 
of God, many have come to see the in- 
consistency of lodge membership with 
Christian fellowship, and, separating 
themselves from the enemy of the 
Church of Christ, have received a spir- 
itual impulse, which has enal)led God 
to use them as never before. 

If the change in appearance of the 
Cynosure signifies anything, it is that 
we are not satisfied to contemplate the 
good done in the past, Init are deter- 
mined to put forth every efifort to in- 
crease the serviceability of the Cynosure 
that God may use it increasingly to the 
saving of many. 


A quarter of a century ago, the grand 
lodge of a Xew England state sought 
and obtained from its superior in au- 
thority a decision against "sectarian 
prayers," which means prayers in Jesus' 
name; and, now, the same grand lodge 
has referred to the Sovereign Lodge a 
protest against ''sectarian songs," which 
are Christian hymns. It having been 

stated in the former decision that 
"Christianity is a sect," in the Odd-Fel- 
low meaning of the word, it would now 
be consistent also to rule out Christian 
hymns like Christian prayers. Whether 
to condemn and forbid either is likewise 
consistent with still averring that "Odd- 
Fellowship is founded on the Bible," 
or "on the Christian religion," is re- 
served to our owm decision. 


The empire whose palace is the Vat- 
ican, and w^hose principal state church 
is St. Peter's in Rome, having been 
strongly resisted through a municipal 
election in Philadelphia, a religious club 
already existing, forthwith attached it- 
self to the vigorous Protestant move- 
ment. Its society name was derived 
from that of Rev. H. C. Stone, vicar 
of an Episcopal chapel subsidiary to the 
church of which Rev. Floyd W. Tomp 
kins is rector. Formed among men of 
the chapel, the club had gained aug- 
mented force from the Sunday Taber- 
nacle meetings. At what seemed to him 
an opportune moment, the vicar, in con- 
ference wdth George Wharton Pepper, 
planned to convert the club into a great, 
interdenominational, secret organization, 
safeguarding the common interests of 
Protestantism. At least, this w^as the 
ostensible purpose which drew multi- 
tudes, already alert, so that its estimated 
membership quickly exceeded a hundred 

A three degree ritual having been pre- 
pared by Mr. Pepper, degree masters 
took charge of its catechetical prepara- 
tion of candidates for the advancing 
initiations. The first degree betrayed 
nothing inconsistent with the alleged 
])urpose of the order. . Preparation for 
the second degree included the follow- 
ing item : 

"Question : — What is the initiation to 
the second degree ? 

"Answer :— It is the sacrament of bap- 
tism for all who are unbaptized ; and 
for all others, it is the solemn renewal 
of their baptismal vows." 

Preparation for the final degree in- 
cluded : 

"Question : — What is the initiation to 
the third degree? 

"Answer: — It consists in admission to 

November, 1916. 



the Holy Communion, according to the 
Apostolic rite of the Laying on of 
Hands. . . .'* It is explicitly stated 
that the third degree "Shall include the 
laying on of hands by the honorary 
chaplain of the fellowship, who is 
hereby declared to be the Bishop of 

Surprise, not to say indignation, be- 
gan to be rife among thousands of mem- 
bers of various denominations, who had 
not become members of an interdenom- 
inational Protestant club, in order to be 
made members of the Episcopal denom- 
ination. Upon being questioned, the 
author of the ritual, the vicar, the rec- 
tor, and the bishop, failed to evade the 
admission that, practically, the comple- 
tion of the secret ritual left every miti- 
ate a member of the Episcopal church. 
Asked by a company of ministers 
whether any but an Episcopal bishop 
could confer the third degree. Air. Stone 
admitted that a Roman Catholic bishop 
might, but ruled all others out as not 
being in Apostolic Succession. Such 
was the nature of the secret society 
that, under the guise of Interdenomina- 
tional Protestantism, offered to aid in 
defending Philadelphia against Rome. 

efit orders, as they are called, you will 
lose all that you have paid in. "^ Ic was 
a scheme that looked good, and worked 
well for a while.'' 


The "People's Lawyer" of The Bos- 
ton Globe, who freely answers a variety 
of legal questions in brief but satisfac- 
tory replies, says one thing in his column 
for Sept. 1 1 that confirms what we have 
sometimes tried to inculcate. It has 
long been our impression that bargain- 
counter or mark-down insurance is 
among the most drawing attractions of 
some secret orders ; while we have 
known at the same time that it will not 
wash, and that it often fails to wear 
well. The function of reliable insur- 
ance is to insure financial aid ; but that 
kind of insurance about which the 
"People's Lawyer" speaks from compe- 
tent knowledge, frequently insures noth- 
ing more certainly than protracted pay- 
ment for final disappointment. Tliis is 
the true answer wdiich is given to an 
imperfectly informed inquirer: 

"Airs. S. F. P. — I am sorry to be 
obliged to tell you, that if you stop pay- 
ing into the bottomless pit of any of the 
assessment insurance companies, or ben- 


It must require a great intellect to be 
a grand master and deliver such weighty 
decisions as they seem called upon to 

From Alinnesota we learn that "Ma- 
sonry does not assume to dictate in mat-" 
ters of conscience. A Mason may 
change his faith or belief." Great 
Alasonic liberty in Minnesota ; a Alason 
may change his collar or his religion 
without asking permission I 

The grand master of Missouri has 
decided that "A lodge can receive a 
petition from one whose feet are of un- 
equal size." Now we may expect to see 
Alasonic membership in Alissouri grow 
by leaps and bounds. 

After all. we are thankful that there 
are grand masters, for the humor of 
their work relieves the monotony of our 
monthly perusal of lodge publications. 


A very simple but eft'ective contrivance 
is used by labor unions to gag disaf- 
fected members. If they do not agree 
with their officers they must keep silence ; 
it is a serious oft'ence to oppose their 

The gag which is inserted into the 
mouth of the candidate for membership 
in the Order of Railway Conductors of 
America, and is forced so far down his 
throat that no sound escapes, is found 
in Section 42 of the Statutes of the Or- 
der (adopted Alay 9, 191 1), and reads 
as follows: "Any member of the Order 
using his influence against any legisla- 
tion endorsed by the Legislative Commit- 
tee or by a majority of the divisions in 
ihe state, territory or the Dominion of 
Canada, shall, U])on conviction, be ex- 
pelled from the Order." In other words, 
he will lose his job, since dismissal from 
the union and loss of employment are 
one and the same where the "closed 
shop" is in effect. 

This condition of aft'airs naturally 
leads one to ask how much weight should 
be put on the voting of labor union mem- 
bers on calling a strike, ^^'ould it be 



November, 1916. 

considered active opposition to the wishes 
of the labor leaders and subject offender 
to discipline if he should vote against a 
strike ? How much independence do 
union men have anyway? 


It remained for the negro member- 
ship of the state university of Iowa to 
form a fraternity, some of the aims of 
which, at least, are commendable. It 
is called the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity; 
and is composed of only such negroes 
as are working their way through the 
imiversity. When a member of the fra- 
ternity loses his position through cir- 
cumstances not tmder his control, he is 
supported by the fraternity until he finds 
another job. From among the Greek 
letter societies of the university, the 
negro fraternity is third in rank in the 
matter of scholarship. 

This is certainly a unique fraternity, 
and, except for the unnecessary element 
of secrecy, would appear to be wholly 
commendable. . There is no reason why 
this good w^ork could not be carried on 
satisfactorily by an open society. The 
Phi Alpha Delta society, however, is 
not open to the charge of developing 
snobbishness, which is a fault of most 
of its sister fraternities. 


Secret societies are to some extent 
included in what Professor Irving 
Fisher of Y^ale reports of freedom from 
drinking in colleges. It will be noticed 
that he also includes returning classes, 
as well as the Phi Beta Kappa, which 
was originally a secret "Greek Letter" 
society, but discarded that character be- 
fore the middle of the last century. 

Professor Fisher says : "At Cornell, 
the senior classes of the last two years 
have voted for 'dry' banquets, which 
almost established that practice as a 
'tradition.' At Yale, Sigma X and 
Phi Beta Kappa have recently excluded 
alcohol from their banquets. Five of 
the secret societies of Yale have abol- 
ished its use within their walls. The 
use of alcohol in fraternity houses is 
not generally allowed at the University 
of Minnesota ; and it is, as a rule, omit- 
ted from the banquets of graduating 
classes, and from the banquets of re- 
turnincr classes. At Chicago, there is a 
rule that forbids the use of alcoholic 

liquors in the fraternity houses, and in 
connection with any secret societies. 
Also, there is no liquor served at the 
general meeting of the alumni, which 
is also true at Yale. At the University 
of California, the students themselves 
have prohibited alcohol from the campus 


We regret the necessity to record the 
passing of another old friend of the 
Association and subscriber to the Cyno- 
sure, Mr. Anthony M. Overholt, of 
Wadsworth, Ohio. Mr. Overholt was 
born in 1834 and lived to be 82 years of 
age. He had the promise of several 
more years of life but an unfortunate 
fall brought on a complication of trou- 
bles that his advanced years were un- 
able to withstand. When he knew his 
end was near he said he was ready to go 
to his Father's house and, with his last 
breath, whispered into the ears of his 
children, "Saved by grace." Indeed, this 
was an index to his whole life, for he 
knew in Whom he believed and his 
whole being overflowed with Christian 
love and joy. 

Mr. Overholt was a member of the 
Mennonite church, and was a faithful 
supporter of reform movements. He is 
survived by three children and one 


Christ's Humiliation, by Rev. D. 
Simon, A. M. All divine births are 
deep ; all are mysterious. The Apostle 
Paul had special reasons for calling the 
person and work of Christ a great mys- 
tery. Of special interest to the Chris- 
tian is the condition which made it pos- 
sible for Him to accomplish our redemp- 

The author shows that Christ's state 
of humiliation is based on the communi- 
cation of attributes in the personal 
union ; that, Christ in this state laid 
aside, that is, ordinarily did not use, the 
divine attributes communicated to the 
human nature, and, because of the inti- 
mate and inseparable union of the two 
natures in Christ's person, all was done 
in the state of humiliation for the re- 
demption of men was divinely meritori- 
ous and vicarious. 

Twelve pages, price 5 cents each ; 50 
cents a dozen. Order from the author. 

November, 1916. 



|letti0 of @ur Woxk 


The attention of the Cynosure read- 
ers is directed to the special offering of 
books and pamphlets oii page 224 of 
this issue. There are many choice se- 
lections in this list and it will be well 
worth your while to look it over. 


Friends of the cause in Indiana should 
remember the Convention at North 
Manchester, November 14th and 15th. 
Dr. P. B. Fitzwater, of the Moody Bible 
Institute, will give the opening address 
on Tuesday evening. The following ses- 
sions will continue all day Wednesday, 
the 15th. Among the other speakers will 
be President Hartzler, of Goshen Col- 
lege ; Rev. J. M. Coleman, president of 
the Indiana State Association, and Rev. 
Mead A. Kelsey, Field Agent of the Na- 
tional Christian Association. Others are 
yet to be added. 

The convention will meet in the First 
Brethren Church, Rev. Grover L. Wine, 
pastor, John H. Wright, elder. 

Programs may be obtained at the 
Cynosure office, or of Rev. Mr. Wine, 
North Manchester. If for any reason 
you cannot attend the convention, at 
least write a letter expressing your inter- 
est, and, if possible, enclose a contribu- 
tion for the work. Address such com- 
munications to the President, Rev. J. M. 
Coleman, care of Rev. Grover L. Wine, 
North Manchester, Ind. 

Finally, brethren, pray for us. Paul 
may plant and Apollos water, but God 
only can give the increase. 


The state convention for New York 
and New Jersey was announced too late 
to receive notice in the October Cyno- 
sure. It was held on October 30th and 
31st in The Free Gospel Church, Corona, 
Long Island, New York, meeting first on 
Monday evening, October 30th, which 
was followed by three sessions on Tues- 
day, the 31st. 

A strong program was arranged, 
among the speakers being Rev. Wm. K. 
Bouton, Rev. A. A. Sampson, Rev. W. 
M. Nichol, Rev. Edwin D. Bailey, Rev. 

James R. Morris, Rev. J. J. Hiemenga, 
Rev. P. A. Hoekstra, and Rev. F. M. 

The December Cynosure will contain 
a report of the convention. 


Secretary's Minutes. 

The Convention at Sheldon, October 
17th and i8th, was the culmination of 
the hopes and efforts of the officers of 
the State Association for many months. 
Former conventions have been good, and 
the Sheldon meeting was not behind its 
predecessors in attendance and interest. 

The meetings were held in the Opera 
House; the first session being on Tues- 
day evening, and was called to order by 
the President, Rev. A. M. Alalcolm. 
After scripture reading and prayer, Rev. 
J. M. Voortman, of the Christian Re- 
formed church of Sheldon, gave an ear- 
nest address of welcome, which was 
briefly responded to by President INIal- 

Rev. R. W. Emerson, of Charles City, 
then gave an able address on "Secret So- 
cieties a Menace to Christian Fellow- 
ship." He clearly defined Christian fel- 
lowship to be fellowship, in the gospel, 
of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, 
and then demonstrated that, because of 
its idolatrous, vindictive, selfish and se- 
cret character, the secret society system 
is a positive menace to the fellowship of 
the gospel of Christ. 

Rev. Mead A. Kelsey, Field Agent of 
the National Christian Association, fol- 
lowed with an address on ''The War of 
the Ages." This was an able and vivid 
presentation of the persistent eff'ort of 
Satan to destroy the name of Christ, as 
is seen in the careful elimination of 
Christ from the ritual of the lodge. 

Wednesday morning" was devoted to 
matters of business, and a discussion of 
methods of work. Rev. Mr. Kelsey 
opened the discussion, and was followed 
by Dr. C. A. Blanchard, and others. It 
was finally agreed to contine for the com- 
ing year the policy of working thorough- 
ly a group of counties by personal visita- 
tion, distribution of literature, and ad- 
dresses, reaching a climax in a state con- 
vention to be held next fall. The reports 
of the secretary and treasurer were full 
and encouraging. Field Agent Kelsey 



November, 1916. 

also gave a report on the work he had 
done in the state campaign. Committees 
on nomination, resolutions, and finance 
were appointed at this time. 
Officers Elected. 

At the afternoon session the following 
ofhcers were elected for the coming year: 
President. Rev. A. ]\I. ^lalcolm, Albia ; 
Secretarv, Rev. B. Van Zvl, Sanborn ; 
Treasurer, Rev. A. H. Brat, Otley ; Vice 
Presidents, Rev. J. Wesselink, Pella ; 
Rev. T. J. Spande, Eagle Grove ; Rev. 
Alvin Hoskins. Richland ; Rev. G. A. 
Pegram, University Park ; Rev. W. R. 
Emerson, Charles City ; Rev. S. E. Greer, 
Washington ; Bert Humphrey, Green- 
field : Rev. T. D. Ferguson, University 
Park ; Dr. E. A. Tavlor, Griswold, and 
Rev. P. J. Bunge, of Hull. 

Rev. P. J. Bunge gave the first address 
of the afternon on "Secret Societies and 
the Christian Home." 

President C. A. Blanchard followed 
this with an able address on "Lodges 
and the State," after which Dr. E. A. 
Taylor gave an earnest address on "The 
One Religion." 

In the evening, after devotional exer- 
cises, many letters of greetings were read 
from friends. Extracts from some of 
these letters will be found elsewhere. 

The meeting was then addressed by 
Dr. C. A. Blanchard, who gave a clear 
and appealing lecture on "The Lodge and 
the Church." At the invitation of Dr. 
Blanchard a gentleman testified that he 
had come out of the Odd-Fellows' lodge 
because he was a Christian and as such 
he felt out of place in the order and 
wished to be with Christian people. 

Several questions were asked and sat- 
isfactorily answered by Dr. Blanchard, 
after which he dismissed the Convention 
with an earnest prayer. All dispersed, 
feeling that the Convention had been a 
success, and an inspiration for further 
and better work in this great Cause. 
B. Van Zyl, Secretary. 


The time covered by this report is 
from October 22, igiS, to October 18, 
191 6. At the outset, I may state that the 
officers of the Iowa Christian Associa- 
tion started to work in the interest of the 
Cause almost immediately after the 1915 
Convention had become history. 

Li April we met at Oskaloosa, as was 
reported in the Cynosure, and made 
plans for the next convention. The time 
but not the place was determined at that 
meting. Sheldon was finally selected, 
and we busied ourselves at once in prepa- 
ration for the Convention. 

The first thing we did was to engage 
Rev. Mead A. Kelsey to spend about 
three weeks in Iowa in the interest of 
the Iowa Christian Association. He was 
to distribute literature, to make personal 
calls, and to speak as occasion presented. 
The territory we decided to cover this 
year is the counties of Lyon, Osceola, 
O'Brien and Sioux, all in northwestern 
Iowa. In these counties we found about 
twenty-five towns of enough importance 
to be "worked" with tracts. Rev. Mr. 
Kelsey's report regarding his work in 
Iowa is in this number of the Cynosure. 

Next, we sent out over six hundred 
circular letters containing a message and 
programs, as well as nearly 150 postals. 
Furthermore, about six thousand tracts 
were taken into the homes of the people 
in the territory above named. We also 
distributed two and a half thousand 
dodgers announcing the Convention. The 
Conference was advertised in two Shel- 
don newspapers ; in three papers read in 
the several counties around Sheldon ; in 
three papers of national circulation, and 
in the Cynosure. We also asked the 
pastors in the four counties and twenty- 
five cities to notify their congregations 
of the Convention of the Iowa Christian 
Association, which they readily promised 
to do. Several persons helped us greatly 
in carrying out our campaign preceding 
the Convention. We found the work 
very pleasant because of the splendid co- 
operation we had from those in the va- 
rious denominations upon whom we 
called for advice and support. 

The items of expense were for books, 
tracts, free Cynosures, programs, ad- 
vertisements, boys for distributing. Rev. 
Mead A. Kelsey's services, letterheads, 
envelopes, post cards, stamps, mimeo- 
graphing, stenographer, traveling ex- 
penses of Convention speakers, traveling 
expenses of officers, hotels, meals, and 
the Sheldon Opera House. The expenses 
running throughout the whole year, in- 

November, 1916. 



eluding" the campaign for the Conven- 
tion, amounted to $301.67. 

The receipts were as follows : Bal- 
ance from last year, $47.63 ; returned 
by H. Van De Berg, of Pella, $4.00; by 
Rev, J. Doveman, $1.00; received from 
A. J. Loudenbach, $5.00; Rev. I\ J 
Bunge, $3.00; Bert Humphrey, $1.00 
D. D. Zehr, $2.00 ; Mr. Stabler, $2.00 
Presbyterian church, Washington, $3.05 
from Hopkinton, Iowa, $10.00; Associate 
Presbyterian, $10.00; from the follow- 
ing Christian Reformed churches : Tra- 
cey, $2.00; Leighton, $5.00; ()tley, $5.00; 
Lebanon, $5.22; Sheldon, $20,79; Rock 
Valley, $21.15; Galesburg, $3.18; Oska- 
loosa, $2.71 ; Peoria, $36.86; Pella, First, 
$29.10; Prairie City, $5.00; Sioux Cen- 
ter, $27.86; Sanborn, $14.63; Carnes, 
$10.00, and Parkersburg, $15.00. Col- 
lections at the Convention amounted to 
$36.56, making the total receipts $328.74. 

In conclusion let me state that through- 
out the year the Iowa Christian Associa- 
tion has reached through its direct ef- 
forts over six thousand homes by tracts ; 
more than two and a half thousand peo- 
ple through public addresses, and over 
four hundred persons by personal calls. 

We thank the people of Iowa for the 
way in which they have helped us carry 
on the work of the State Association. 
May God bless the work done during 
the entire year, and bless those that have 
helped in the work. May he bless the 
Association in its future work. 

The Iowa Christian Association 
stands ever ready with information on 
secret societies, to assist any church or 
person needing its help. Respectfully 

A. H. Brat, Treasurer. 


Northwood, Iowa, October 12, 1!>1(). 
I have received an invitation to l)e present 
with you at the State Convention at Sheldon. 
I am unable to attend, but I sball be wnth 
you in spirit. I have been in Northwood 27 
years. I started out by testifying against 
secret societies, not only in word, but in deed. 
A Freemason and Knight of Pythias were 
expelled from my church because they re- 
fused to give up their lodge. I was told that 
I would soon have to leave this field if I 
continued to testify against secretism. I re- 
plied that I would tell the truth about lodges 
and leave all consequences to the Lord. My 
church has grown in spite of the lodge oppo- 

The Norwegian Synod, to which I belong, 
has again this year passed resolutions against 
secret societies. All Lutheran pastors in this 
vicinity have agreed not to participate in any 
funeral wdiere the lodge has an\thing to do 
with the burial of the dead. 

May the Lord bless your deliberations and 
vour testimonv against secretism.- 

(Rev.) O. T. Lee. 

Spencer, Jowa, Septemljer, 4, 191t>. 

I am in receipt of the program of the meet- 
ing of the Iowa Christian Association at 
Sheldon. 1 was surprised to find such an 
aggressive attitude toward secret societies as 
is voiced in it, since the testimony of the so- 
called Christian church of our age has grown 
silent, yea, even tolerates and encourages 
these orders by permitting their pastors to 
liecome members of them. 

The Missouri Synod of the Lutheran church 
has ever testified against secret orders as en- 
emies of Christ and His doctrines and has 
withheld the privilege of church membership 
from all who preferred to be members of 
such organizations ; hence my interest in your 

It is my sincere wish that you will succeed 
in exposing the true character of these or- 
ganizations to many, by means of the V\'ord 
of God, for many are being deceived. 

(Rev.) E. Grummer. 

Charlotte, Iowa, September 30, 191(). 

I am very glad that you are gathered for 
such a grand purpose. May our blessed Lord 
give you wisdom, courage, and strength to do 
His will. It is a sad fact that young men and 
women who are active members of a lodge, 
cease to be active, reliable members of their 
churches, and. in many cases, turn their backs 
on their mother church forever. 

For twent3'-nine years I iiave been a mem- 
ber of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of 
Missouri and other states, and am in perfect 
unity with our synod that we must carr_\' on 
an unceasing warfare against secret societies, 
because they deny the true God of the Bible, 
and therefore worship an idol;- they teach a 
wav of salvation in diametric contrast to the 
Biblical doctrine of justification b}- faith 
alone; the}^ compel those who wish to join 
their lodge to swear to unknown things — 
and they are dangerous to the welfare of our 

(Rev.) C. Jobst. 

Clinton, Iowa, October 12, 191 •>. 
Being unable to be present at the State 
Convention, I send you greetings and wish 
you godspeed in your deliberations. May 
this Convention on its part contribute to the 
enlightenment of our Christian people as to 
the danger and the antichristian character 
of secretism, and help to eradicate this fes- 
tering sore from Church, State and Family. 
T. Fritschkl, Pres. Warthburg College. 

Northfield, Minn., October 2. 191(). 
T am very deeply interested in the work 
that the National and State Christian As- 



November, 1916. 

sociation are doing, and I regret very much 
that it^ is impossible for me to attend the 
Iowa State Con\ention this year. 

The lodge is one of the very worst ene- 
mies that the Church has to tight against. It 
is_ sapping the life blood out of a great many 
of our churches to-day. May the State Con- 
vention help the Christian people of Iowa to 
realize this fact. 

Andrew 1\I. Simoxson. 

son; Rev. ^^^ R. Sawhill, Washington; Rev. 
H. Alueller, Waterloo ; Bert Humphrey, 
Greentield ; Vitus Stoll, ]\Iilo, and Arroji 
Stalker. Richland, Iowa. , ■ . 

Correctionville, Iowa, October "2. 1916. 
It was a ver}- pleasant surprise for me to 
hear that your Association is taking up the 
tight against the antichristian lodges, which 
the Lutheran church has always fought. The 
lodges are a part of the anti-Christ that is 
trying to supplant the Church. I most heart- 
ily wish you godspeed in your etforts. 

(Rev.) A. F. Karsten. 

Hanlontown, Iowa, October 1, 1916. 
I am glad to be recognized as a co-worker 
with the National Christian Association. I 
should ver}- much like to be with } ou at the 
Convention at Sheldon. I am past the age, 
however, for getting out to conventions, but 
I bid you godspeed in the work. I am in my 
79th year, so you see I am old enough to stay 
at home. 

H. H. Shields. 

^litchellville, Iowa, October 2, 1916. 

I was at one time a member of the Odd- 
Fellows and the Modern Woodmen, so I 
know a little about them and also of other 
secret societies. I saw their Christless altars 
with the Christians' Bible on it, and learned 
that they would not allow the name of my 
Saviour uttered in the "work," and heard 
them teaching the members to stand by any 
one even if they saw he was in the wrong. 
I was present at the funerals of a few of the 
deceased mem.bers of my lodge, and saw how 
formal the ceremonies were — exactly the 
same ior every one, whether a drunkard or 
a Christian. It seemed as if its purpose must 
be to advertise the lodge. All this and much 
more_ did not harmonize with the Christian 
teaching I had received from my parents at 
home. I decided that if the lodg^e put Christ 
out, / wanted to be put out with Him. 

It is my prayer that the meetings will cause 
many to walk with Christ in closer fellow- 

(Eld.) T. U. Reed. 

Roland, Iowa, October 16, 1916. 

Being unable to attend the Convention m 
person, I take this means of conveying to you 
my greetings and best wishes for your meei- 
ing. You are laboring for a good cause and 
the blessings of the Lord are upon you. 

I have been lighting secret societies in Rol- 
and, and, due to God's blessing and to the 
fact_ that we have a good number of true 
Christians here, I have had the pleasure or 
seeing this town without any lodge. 

(Rev.) G. Smedal. 

Letters were also received from Rev. G. A. 
Pegram, University Park; D. D. Zehr, Man- 


The Iowa Convention. 

"Not by might, nor by power, but by 
my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." It 
is a blessed thing to know the leading 
of God's Spirit, and to rely upon him at 
all times. This has been realized in the 
campaign preceding the low^a Conven- 

Being called to the assistance of the 
Iowa Christian Association, I went first 
to Albia to confer with President A. ]\I. 
^lalcolm, and then to Otley to see its 
Treasurer, Rev. A. H. Brat. Then I pro- 
ceeded to the northwestern part of the 
state, which was to be my immediate field 
of labor, and arrived at Sheldon, the 
convention city, wdiere Rev. J. M. X/'oort- 
man. pastor of the Christian Reformed 
church, assisted me in completing local 

Using Sheldon as headquarters, I vis- 
ited the following places : Hull, Rock 
Valley, Doon, Inwood, Perkins, Sioux 
Center, Maurice, Orange City, Alton, 
George, Rock Rapids, Sanborn, Hartley, 
Primghar, and Sibley. My chief work 
in these places was the distribution of 
tracts ; in various ways advertising the 
Convention ; interviewing the ministers ; 
arranging for local meetings where ad- 
visable, and extending the circulation of 
the Cynosure. Everywhere I w^as cor- 
dially received and many rendered valu- 
able assistance, which included auto serv- 
ice into the country, and entertainment, 
all of which was much appreciated. It 
was kindness shown for the A\'ork's sake, 
and for such there is a sure reward. 

Going back over the ground, I filled 
speaking engagements in the First Re- 
formed church, Rock Valley, Rev. ^Ir. 
De Jong, pastor ; in the First Reformed 
church, Hull, Rev. Mr. Bouma, pastor ; 
in the Christian school, Perkins ; in the 
Christian Reformed church, Sioux Cen- 
ter, Rev. H. M. Vander Ploeg, pastor; 
in the First Reformed church, Sanborn, 
Rev. B. Van Zyl, pastor, and in the First 
Reformed church, Orange City, Rev. 
^Ir. Englesman, pastor. In nearly every 
instance the other churches in the place 

November, 1916. 



co-operated, contributing much to the 
success of the meetings. To mention 
each pastor and layman whom I shall re- 
member with gratitude would make a 
long roll. In these pre-convention meet- 
ings I reached some 1600 or 1800 people 
with the message of openness and light 
as opposed to the moral 'and spiritual 
darkness of the secret lodge system. 
Close attention and apparent apprecia- 
tion characterized all of the meetings. 

This report would not be complete 
without special mention of the North- 
western Classical Academy, at Orange 
City, tO' which I was invited by the prin- 
cipal, Rev. T. E. Welmers, to give a 
chapel talk to the students upon the sub- 
ject of secrecy. A more interesting and 
interested audience I have not had. These 
students were apparently out in force at 
the meeting at the First Reformed 
church later, and on their special request 
I advised with a group of them at the 
academy the next day about the best 
books to purchase for light upon the 
lodge question. This seed sowing among 
the young is the very best work that we 
can do. 

On Sabbath morning, the 15th, I mo- 
tored with friends twenty-three miles, 
from Orange City to Sheldon, where, 
upon invitation of the pastor. Rev. Mr. 
Parks, I occupied the pulpit of the First 
Christian church. Such opportunities I 

I must not close this report without 
mention of my meeting with Dr. H. P. 
Oggel, editor of Dc Volksz'riend (The 
Folksfriend), a Christian newspaper 
published expressly for the Holland peo- 
ple. Dr. Oggel is a rare spirit and be- 
lieves that a newspaper can be made 
strictly Christian. De Volksvriend is a 
constant demonstration of the truth of his 
contentions. It is a satisfaction to know 
that his splendid paper goes to almost all 
parts of the world. The doctor is 
strongly opposed to the lodge system, 
and the columns of his paper speak in no 
uncertain sound. To meet him gives one 
a decided sense of spiritual gain. 

The report is written on the eve of the 
Iowa Convention, the report of which I 
must leave to others. God is good and 
to him let us ascribe all praise. 



This morning I am on "The Heights" 
at the Missionary Institute of the Chris- 
tian and Missionary lAlliance, at Nyack, 
N. Y. I shall not attempt to describe the 
wonderful panorama of magnificence and 
beauty rising before me as I look across 
the broad expanse of the Hudson river 
and beyond Tarrytown lying nestled 
close to its opposite bank, to the hills 
rising in their beauty thirty miles distant. 

There are about one hundred and fifty- 
young men and women in the Nyack 
Schools preparing for the mission fields. 
There were probably two hundred per- 
.sons present at my lecture in the chapel 
last evening. Dean Turnbull of the In- 
stitute says that my message was just 
what was needed. I had great difficulty 
in closing the meeting as there were so 
many questions asked by these thorough- 
ly awake people. What a power for good 
these consecrated young lives will be. I 
gave another address this morning, tak- 
ing for my theme, "The Preparation 
Needed for Life's Work." The spiritual, 
moral, and physical atmosphere is ex- 
cellent at Nyack. 

Recently my efforts have been cen- 
tered in New Y^ork City and vicinity. 
This great metropolis with its millions 
gathered from every clime affords un- 
usual opportunities to reach those who 
will carry needed information to the ends 
of the earth. 

Four addresses were delivered in 
Christian Reformed churches at Pater- 
son, Midland Park, and Passaic, New 
Jersey. The loyal support -which is al- 
ways given by our Holland friends was 
again demonstrated in these meetings. 
Three lectures are arranged for in these 
cities upon my return next spring. 

A largely attended Holiness conven- 
tion in Brooklyn, New Y^ork, afforded 
me opportunity to meet many friends 
wishing help in our line. Brother 
James Mathews, of Kansas City, ]\Iis- 
souri, was one of the very able speakers 
at this convention. Fie said he had been 
greatly puzzled as to what attitude he 
should take toward the work of a noted 
evangelist who had recently been holding 
meetings in his city. He had been told 
that the lodge membership was greatly 
increased because of these evangelistic 



November, 1916. 

meetings, and although there was much 
seeming good accomplished, he feared 
that the lodges in a large measure would 
destroy the good accomplished. 

I have an appointment to-morrow even- 
ing to speak on the lodge evil hefore a 
convention being held in Brother E. E. 
Angell's mission. The lodge life is surely 
the farthest removed from a holy life. 
A soul himgering for a life of purity 
could find nothing on which to feed in 
the lodge. 

On Sabbath, October J5th, I preached 
morning and evening in the Methodist 
Episcopal church at Kings Park, Long 
Island. Although I made some rather 
radical statements, the people were very 
complimentary towards my address. 

It will be remembered that I wrote of 
meetings held in the Lost Creek valley, 
Pennsylvania, last month. Probably none 
were more fruitful for good than that 
held in the Lauver ^lennonite church, 
unless, perhaps, I should except that of 
the Church of the Brethren, at Richfield. 
yiay God greatly bless those laboring 
faithfully to maintain the truth in that 
trying field. 

It was a real joy, after the lapse of 
years, to meet again with our Mennonite 
friends at Belleville, AUenville, and Mat- 
tawana, Pennsylvania. Largely attended 
meetings were held in their churches at 
each of these places. Bishop Yoder, of 
the Mattawana church, now in his eighty- 
sixth year, walked over a mile at night 
that he might be present at the lecture 
in his church. His cordial, "God bless 
you, brother," was worth coming a long 
way to receive. 

Xext Sabbath, October 22nd, I am to 
address the Free Methodist church on 
Hooper street, in Brooklyn, New York, 
rjne week later, God willing, I will 
preach in the Free Gospel church, Coro- 
na, Long Island, where the Xew York 
and Xew Jersey Convention is to be held 
on the Monday and Tuesday following. 
I regret that I was not able to announce 
the convention more definitely in the 
rjctober Cynosure. Many friends, how- 
ever, are inquiring about this convention 
and are looking forward to being present. 
God will doubtless make it a great season 
of refreshing. 


I was particularly pleased to get the 
information concerning certain secret so- 
ciety oaths being in the public records in 
Washington, D. C. That fact carries a 
great deal of weight in convincing some 
})eople that the so-called secrets of the 
lodges are not profound secrets at all, as 
the lodge masters tell the prospective 

I have been out again on a trip, first 
visiting the town of Petaluma — a pretty 
little town, but very much lodge ridden. 
I met one very nice Christian gentleman 
there, a member of the church, but he 
did not know that he could not serve 
both God and the lodge at one and the 
same time until I showed and explained 
the Blue Lodge Masonic ritual and gave 
him some of your tracts to read. I think 
that both he and his son will withdraw 
from the lodges to which they belong. 

I distributed some of your antisecrecy 
tracts and the Masonic oaths in Peta- 
luma, and pasted up some I. O. O. F. 
leaflets in public places. 

The next town upon my circuit was 
Sebastopol, where I pasted up some 
more of the I. O. O. F. leaflets, and also 
some of the Royal Arch oaths. The next 
town was Santa Rosa and there I dis- 
tributed some antisecrecy literature and 
pasted up some more secrets of the 
lodge. ■ • 

I was very much amused at an inci- 
dent which happened on one Sabbath re- 
cently. I had attended church, as is my 
custom, and noticed many secret society 
emblems upon members of the congrega- 
tion. I was one of the first to reach the 
sidewalk, and, facing about, observed 
the numerous lodge emblems as the peo- 
])le came down the stairs. The usher of 
the church wore a huge Masonic emblem 
suspended from his watch chain. One 
old gentleman stopped near me and I 
saw that he was a high degree Mason 
by the Masonic emblem dangling from 
his watch chain. I handed him the 
Royal Arch Masonic oath, and just then 
a white haired lady joined him and they 
proceeded on their way, the old gentle- 
man evidently getting extremely inter- 
ested in reading the Royal Arch oath 
which I had given him. I saw the old 
lady take it from him and evidently read 
it in a low voice. When they got partly 

November, 1916. 



across the street the old gentleman ex- 
citedly took it from her hand and began 
to read to himself. They had not yet 
reached the opposite curlj when the old 
lady again obtained possession of the pa- 
per, and she still retained it when last 1 
saw them. I hope it may open their eyes 
to the fact that Christ and his teachings 
do not accord with the principles of 

I also have visited the town of Healds- 
burg where I pasted some of the secret 
work of the lodges in public places and 
gave out tracts. 

1 think there is going to be a very 
strong prohibition bght here this fail, but 
the Devil dies hard when he has secured 
a strong foothold, which he surely has in 
this state. O, if we could remove the 
lifjuor iniquity, and, what is worst of 
all, the secret orders, then crooked poli- 
tics would have but little to hide behind. 
What a glorious state we would have 
here. Chas G. Britton. 

Oakland, California. 


St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 7, 1916. 
Dear Cynosure : 

I wrote you last from Pettus, Ark. 
Since then I have been in your office., 
looked dear Brother Phillips and son 
in the face, and heard blessed words for 
Jesus fall from their lips. 

I was at Pettus a few days after re- 
turning from Atlanta, Ga. I always stay 
in the house of a high Mason there. He 
is a gentleman and is good to his wife, 
but is not a Christian. I believe, how- 
ever, that he will yet turn to the Lord. 
He does not say much about his lodge 
now, but he is deeply thinking. Since I 
have taught God's word in that place he 
has begun to think of God, and says the 
Pible is right. I pray that God will save 
him and all the colored people in his set- 
tlement. He has always been a leader 
of his people in that country. He does 
not seem to think so much of the lodge 
since he began to read the Bible. The 
Word of God is a lamp ; it shows a man 
\yhere the danger is. 

I went from Pettus to Chicago to visit 
the Sister Bible Band. I taught les- 
sons there in three different churches. 
State street is the colored peo])le's street. 
They are there like flocks of birds. I lec- 

tured on Masonry, the father of all the 
lodges. One night after the meeting had 
closed, a man came to me and said, "God 
was a Mason," and showed his pin with 
the letter "(i" on it. I answered, Jesus 
said, "God is a spirit" (John 4:24), and 
1 know Jesus knows who his own father 

I went to my room that night and my 
hostess' husband said, "Sister Roberson, 
Masonry makes a man a murderer." I 
said, How? He said, "Those awful 
penalties that we swear to make us noth- 
ing else than murderers. I am a 32 de- 
gree Mason and mine is the darkest, 
dirtiest lodge in the world. Masonry 
and the Catholic church are the Devil's 
masterpieces of idolatry." I said. Are 
you in the Masonic lodge now ? He an- 
swered, "No, indeed, when Jesus saved 
me he took me right out of the Masonic 
lodge. When God's Word shined on me 
I saw my danger. Sister Roberson, 
there is a mystery about these lodges 
that grips a man and holds him and he 
believes he is right until the W'ord of 
God comes to him and shows him the 
real way of salvation. I never heard of 
or saw a woman like you. It must be 
the God of heaven who gives you this 
m'essage, for if it were not of God these 
Masons would kill you. You would 
ccme up missing and no one would ever 
hear of you again." I said, They heard 
of W' illiani Morgan ; they thought they 
had him hidden, but their secret got out. 
He said, "Go on, sister, God certainly 
gave you that message. These orders 
have ruined the colored people. They 
are the greatest hindrance in the world 
to them." 

I said, A'es, Booker T. Washington 
s ajd, du ring his life, that the lodges were 
a lielp to the negroes; but I live in the 
South and am a negro myself, and I 
know that the lodges are the blacks 
"high places" ; that they will damn them 
through all eternity. No man, white or 
colored, who is a real Christian, will say 
that the lodges help the negro race. The 
lodges make them thieves and liars antl 
loafers. The leaders rob the poor and 
grow rich. Thev lie about God's Word 
and even steal it and mix it up in their 
ritual and cause the ])oor, ignorant class 
to use it, thinking they are serving God. 



November, 1916. 

The greatest preachers that the negroes 
have are in them. Many of them I 
know will not go to the hall, but send 
in their dues. If the place is not good 
enough for the preacher to go in, no 
Christian ought to belong to it. The 
white people who say that the lodge is 
good for the black Christians, are blind 
and have forgotten, he was purged from 
his old sin. (2 Peter, i :g.) 

The best thing that can be done for us 
in the South is to send us a clean gospel, 
pay us for our work and give us equal 
rights. If the negro were paid what his 
work is worth he would never strike for 
higher wages unless white men teach it 
to him, just as he taught him to go into 
the secret work of the Devil. "My peo- 
ple are destroyed for lack of knowledge." 
( Hosea 4:6, 11, 14.) That is why we 
are falling out of favor with God and 
men. Oh, God, give us mourning 
women. (Jer. 9:17, 24.) Oh, God, help 
this sinful nation. The wicked shall be 
turned into hell and all that forget God.